Interactive Objects

SUPER SMART PRIVACY GLASS

SUPER SMART PRIVACY GLASS

Imagine a high-tech glass that you could change from transparent to frosted with the flick of a switch... You could use it for home windows (eliminating the need for blinds), for store fronts (at night),

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio Force4

PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio Force4

We've talked a few times about urban bioremediation projects, in which trees and plants are used as tools to clean contaminated land. This kind of renewal not only spares the use of invasive

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P’KOLINO

P’KOLINO

Derived from the Italian word Piccolino meaning “Little One”, the creators of P’kolino’s Play Table and Play Tower have created innovative furniture for children that encourages

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OOOMS TWIG USB DRIVE

OOOMS TWIG USB DRIVE

These Oooms Twig USB sticks have been around the blog block a lot in the past week, and frankly, I'm not surprised. Seriously, who amongst us can resist a USB drive disguised as a twig? Available now from

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DESIGN EXHIBITION: LIVING IN MOTION

DESIGN EXHIBITION: LIVING IN MOTION

Its easy to think of flexible, and multi-functional design as a modern innovation; a product of our increasingly fast-paced and mobile lifestyles. Yet human societies the world over have been wrestling

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WOODEN LED CLOCK

WOODEN LED CLOCK

Minimalist wood block + high-tech LEDs = one fabulous combination. We love the simplicity of this Japanese clock design: when the clock is turned off it resembles little more than a wood block. When

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CO-LAB STUDIO: Integrated Sustainable Design

CO-LAB STUDIO: Integrated Sustainable Design

Since the auto market headed off overseas, some parts of the Motor City could use a little tune-up. Fortunately, there are innovators like Co-Lab Studio, whose urban renewal projects promise to

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VESTAL DESIGN’S CONVERTIBLE KITCHENETTE

VESTAL DESIGN’S CONVERTIBLE KITCHENETTE

We can't say enough about the benefits of a compact living space. It's an instant clutter eliminator, a life-size jigsaw puzzle, and a laboratory for experiments in feng shui. But the best thing about

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STUDIO LEUNG FLASH DRIVES

STUDIO LEUNG FLASH DRIVES

The ubiquitous USB flash drive has never been particularly prized for sexy design. Sure, there are plenty of novelty flash drives - (devil rubber duckies anyone?) - and corporate-branded schwag, but we've

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AROMATHERAPY ALARM CLOCK

AROMATHERAPY ALARM CLOCK

A stroke of genius led designers at AbioGenesis to create an alarm clock that can produce any number of different scents, activated through an essential oil diffuser that operates on a timer in your

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PACMAN DINING TABLE

PACMAN DINING TABLE

As a kid growing up in suburban California, I was obsessed with the Pacman table in our local Chinese restaurant. I could care less about the myriad stand-up video games in the nearby arcade, but I

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HARD DRIVE COFFEE TABLE

HARD DRIVE COFFEE TABLE

We love efficient, multi-tasking furniture here at Inhabitat, so we were excited to discover Grand Idea Studio's Hard Drive Coffee Table. The design recycles an original hard drive from an early storage

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ANDREA ZITTEL

ANDREA ZITTEL

If you've ever dreamt of retrofitting your tiny apartment with an all-in-one space-saving life-changing furniture solution, you have a friend in Andrea Zittel. Currently based in Joshua Tree, CA, Zittel

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MIOCULTURE BENDANT LAMP

MIOCULTURE BENDANT LAMP

When it comes to style, we value individuality. There's no novelty in mass production any more; instead, a product is desireable when it looks like it was the only one ever made. The BENDANT lamp, by

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PHILIPS AIR TREE

PHILIPS AIR TREE

Trees are great for many reasons. They help moderate climate, they provide shelter from sun, wind and rain, and they shelter wildlife. Most importantly, they act as air purifiers, removing nasty carbon

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INSTA-BALCONY

INSTA-BALCONY

Given how cool and space-efficient Murphy beds are, it's a wonder there aren't more home furnishings that fold up and disappear flat against the wall. Hofman Dujardin Architects has come up with a new

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BULB

BULB

Paul Cocksedge is a young British designer whose elegant lighting incorporates rarely considered materials and exploits their properties through illumination.

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RE:FORM ENERGY CURTAIN

RE:FORM ENERGY CURTAIN

Though guilt is a common and effective remedy for changing wasteful behavior, it's certainly nobody's favorite. In order for sustainable ideas to catch on, they need to be pleasurable and desirable. Not

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NOT A CORNFIELD

NOT A CORNFIELD

Say what you will about the sprawling urbanism of Los Angeles, there are some phenomenally cool projects coming straight out of the city's smoggy heart. From the prodigious Treepeople to the irreverent

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PHILIPS HERBARIUM

PHILIPS HERBARIUM

As part of its 2004 “Sense and Simplicity” project, Philips has devoted the development of many new products to simplifying the way we live. Many of these products have come about as responses

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PHILIPS LED BULBS

PHILIPS LED BULBS

LED technology is often heralded as the future of lighting - and for good reason. LEDs are easy to produce, generate very little heat, and are super energy efficient, using only one-eighth of the power of

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ECO-FRIENDLY SHOWER RECYCLES WATER

ECO-FRIENDLY SHOWER RECYCLES WATER

Like most people, I care about conserving water - but when it comes to actually scrimping on shower-time, I am loathe to cut back on my morning wake-up ritual. Thats why I am so excited about a new

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INTERACTIVE LED FABRICS

INTERACTIVE LED FABRICS

Philips Research is currently showing off a their new Photonic Textiles at the IFA Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin. The Photonic Fabric integrates flexible arrays of multicolored LEDs into the

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DESIGN FOR INCREASED ENERGY AWARENESS

DESIGN FOR INCREASED ENERGY AWARENESS

The Swedish Interactive Institute has been working on a project to redesign everyday items (lamps, tiles, window shades) in order to increase awareness of how energy is being used. The STATIC! project

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INNOVATIVE HOUSE

INNOVATIVE HOUSE

After four years of development;D, the Brazilian product design company Innovative House (IHouse), has emerged with a line of “intelligent” products for the future-conscious home. IHouse

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EXERGAMING RETURNS

EXERGAMING RETURNS

On the subject of High-Fit Homes, one way to boost your physical activity quotient during the day is to take sitting-in-front-of-the-box time and turn it into exergaming time. We know there are many of

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TURN YOUR TV INTO A LAMP

TURN YOUR TV INTO A LAMP

Not sure what else to say about this one other than its deceptively simple. If you want to bask in that cool glow of your cathode ray tube, but don't want the distracting flicker of images, then the DVD

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STEREOLUZ

STEREOLUZ

Now that speaker design has gotten all high-tech, are you feeling nostalgic for the wooden boxes of yesteryear? If you are like me and harbor a fondness for the boxy design of old hi-fi speakers (but not

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HANSA CANYON Temparature Sensitive Bathroom Fixtures

HANSA CANYON Temparature Sensitive Bathroom Fixtures

Germany's Hansa has come out with these futuristic bathroom fixtures. The metal spigot has the top portion removed, creating a visible canyon for your water to run through. As if these rectangular

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PORTABLE LIGHT

PORTABLE LIGHT

Word on the street is that Wired's Nextfest showcased a bunch of note-worthy projects, such as this Portable Light by University of Michigan and Kennedy & Violich Architecture. The PortableLight

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