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Category: Smart Home

This Self-Sustaining ‘Floating House’ Is Fully Solar-Powered

This is the next-gen floating house by Miami-based Arkup that promotes “avant-garde life on the water.” Equipped with electric propulsion and four hydraulic spuds, Arkup’s houseboat can actually lift itself out of the water – thanks to its customized self-lifting barge and it’s totally stable at anchor.

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This Solar Canopy for Challenging Urban Roofs Gives 200% More Solar Power

Brooklyn SolarWorks is a leading urban-residential solar system design and installation provider in New York with over 800 systems installed. The pioneering company is most known for its celebrated innovation, the patented, award-winning Brooklyn Solar Canopy that has raised solar panels to accommodate the most challenging townhome roofs and make them “solar viable and livable.”

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This Home Lift Helps People with Reduced Mobility and Is An Alternative to Stairlifts

These are the Wessex Lifts, stairlift alternatives that smoothly operate through the floor. They’re designed and manufactured by UK-based Wessex Lift Co. These life-changing lifts are easy to install and they are in the same price range as some stairlifts.

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This Window Transforms into a Balcony, Giving a City Apartment an Outdoor Space in 55 Seconds

This is the Bloomframe, a modern, multi-purpose window that transforms into a balcony within just 55 seconds. From Amsterdam to Paris and New York, you can give an urban apartment in a beautiful high-rise building a stunning outdoor space and potentially add value to your property and square-footage – well sort of!

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These ‘Shipping Containers’ Transform Into An Off-Grid and Eco-Sustainable Home or Business

These are custom-made “container homes” that can also be used as a business or a pop-up shop. With an emphasis on off-grid and eco-sustainability in its construction, these containers also have opulent interior and exterior offerings. They are designed, built, customized, and installed by Australia’s leading Container Build Group.

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This Dutch Tiny House Made out of Cardboard Can be Built in Just One Day

This is a Wikkelhouse by Amsterdam-based Fiction Factory, a sustainable, eco-friendly mini-house with a contemporary design made out of 24 layers of cardboard that’s securely glued together. Considered a “flexible concept,” the Wikkelhouse is customizable and can be built in just one day – and can include glass facades or just be a closed design.

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This Towering ‘Chest Drawer’ Is Really a Folding Spiral Staircase Hiding in Plain Sight

This is the Eclettica, a folding spiral staircase that merges modernity with efficiency designed by Italian furniture company B PIÙ s.r.l. It looks like a vertical, towering chest drawer or a bookcase, but it’s really a hidden spiral staircase. It’s the new concept of a spiral staircase that takes traditional architecture to new heights – literally.

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This Modern, Airy Home Transforms into a Maximum-Security Concrete Fortress in Minutes

Polish architecture firm, KWK Promes developed a modern, airy and unassuming home on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland that actually transforms into a maximum-security concrete fortress – with just a push of a button. Complete with a drawbridge, sliding exterior walls, and an aluminum gate that rolls down (and doubles as a movie screen), this is a state-of-the-art “safe house” in the sleepy countryside.

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This Loft-Style Tiny House With Timber Frame Makes Remote Living More Enticing

This is the Koda Loft, designed by Estonia-based Kodasema OÜ. It’s eco-friendly and lightweight using a stylish steel reinforced timber structure with an open-space floorplan and a minimalist, Nordic vibe. It makes living in remote locations outside big cities or anywhere in the world more accessible.

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Meet ‘Bedchill,’ a High-Tech Over-the-bed Rolling Table Reinvents ‘Chillin’ in Your Bed

This is the Bedchill developed by a France-based company of the same name. It’s a high-tech, configurable, and connected over-the-bed rolling table. It lets you comfortably use your laptop, read, eat, drink, and enjoy music and videos – all while lying in your “lair.” Bedchill nixes laptop overheating, provides support and promotes healthy posture.

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