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The cell stacks that are the heart of a home fuel cell system being developed by Fraunhofe...

As the world shifts to alternative forms of energy, ways to make homes less dependent on the grid continue to gather steam. Fuel cells, which are more efficient and have lower emissions than internal combustion engines seem like a logical candidate for taking up the slack, so the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) in Dresden is partnering with the heater manufacturer Vaillant to develop a domestic fuel cell system that uses natural gas to produce both heating and electricity.  Read More

Bttn is a big red button which can be programmed to perform a multitude of tasks

With the world seemingly transferring everything online to apps and cloud services, we're losing touch with how our actions trigger reactions. Bttn, a physical button that can be used in any way its owner sees fit, is an attempt to bring back a tactile element to the way we connect with everyone and everything around us.  Read More

Alyt is a voice commanded smart home integration system powered by Android

The trickle of devices looking to turn the family home into smart homes whereby residents can remotely control everything from household lighting to security systems has turned into a flood recently. The latest device promising to help usher in this suburban technological utopia is the Alyt, an Android-powered smart home system that can be controlled not only through an app on a mobile device, but also via voice commands.  Read More

Jade Residence, by architectural firm E/L Studio (Photo: Pepper Watkins)

New York-based architectural firm E/L Studio recently completed work on an "eco-friendly" beach condo based in Wildwood, New Jersey. Dubbed Jade Residence, the home boasts a great ocean view and energy-efficient technology including passive ventilation and solar power.  Read More

Stott is aiming to make the sensory deprivation experience more accessible with a cheaper,...

Championed for their ability to alleviate stress, anxiety and even physical pain, sensory deprivation tanks have risen in popularity in recent years. Shutting out the senses and floating in a foot of heavily salted water doesn't come cheaply though, whether it's a one-off session at your local float house or shelling out for a tank of your own. Inventor and float tank-devotee Shane Stott is looking to make the experience more accessible with the Zen Float Tent, an easily-assembled isolation tank for the home.  Read More

Park Passive House is Seattle's first certified Passive House (Photo: Aaron Leitz)

Well, it could theoretically be heated by a hairdryer, at least. While that attention-grabbing headline needn't be taken too literally (it appears to refer to the equivalent energy required for heating), in Park Passive House, NK Architects has produced an energy-efficient and attractive modern family home. It also happens to be Seattle's first certified Passive House, and so will hopefully provide inspiration for more similarly efficient homes to be built in its wake.  Read More

BrewNanny is designed to be used as a tool to guide the hobbyist in refining their beer cr...

While a mouthful of home-brewed beer delivers a certain degree of satisfaction for hobbyists and expert craftsmen alike, seeing the hops, yeast and water come together to create a refreshing drop can take some serious know-how and even more serious man-hours. BrewNanny is a device designed to help ease the burden by using built-in sensors to monitor and offer guidance throughout the brewing process.  Read More

The In Orbit exhibition is open until April 5 (Photo: Pierogi Gallery)

If you've ever felt your daily routine was like being stuck on a hamster wheel, then spare a thought for architectural artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder. The pair actually did live in a "home" shaped like an oversized hamster wheel for some 10 days as part of their art exhibit, dubbed In Orbit.  Read More

Oregon boat builder, Brian Schulz has put his carpentry skills into building his very own ...

Oregon boat builder Brian Schulz has turned his carpentry skills towards creating the Japanese Forest House – a 200 square foot (18.5 sqm) home built from predominantly reclaimed wood and salvaged materials.  Read More

The Bamboo Micro-House prototype unit is designed by Hong Kong architectural firm AFFECT-T...

In a bid to ease the plight of the homeless living in Hong Kong and other cities throughout southeast Asia, architectural studio AFFECT-T recently designed the Bamboo Micro-House prototype. The firm proposes that the tiny bamboo dwellings, which can be placed nearby other units to form small communities within Hong Kong's disused industrial buildings, would serve as temporary shelter while the occupants secure more stable and permanent public housing.  Read More

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