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America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

A new library is getting ready to open in Bexar County, Texas, but it won't look like a traditional library. The new library will be small, devoid of traditional paper books, and judging from the

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Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

A bit of light reading anyone? The Lumio may look like a hard-bound book on the outside - but open the cover and it unfolds into a beautiful modern light! Lumio was created by industrial designer Max

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A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

When there is an earthquake, we may feel as though the world has been thrown into a state of chaos. Yet even the most violent of shifts in the earth's crust have a sort of rhythm and order. On February

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Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Like death and taxes, we once thought that the weather was out of our control - however technology could one day enable us to manipulate the skies above. The Cloud Machine, created by interdisciplinary

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The Filabot: Desktop Machine Turns Recyclable Plastics Into Filament for 3D Printers

The Filabot: Desktop Machine Turns Recyclable Plastics Into Filament for 3D Printers

Now that desktop 3D printers are more affordable and compact, the world of DIY fabrication is quickly transforming the way we produce durable goods. Yet the filaments that 3D printers use to assemble

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3D Systems’ New CubeX 3D Printer Can Print Objects as Big as a Basketball

3D Systems’ New CubeX 3D Printer Can Print Objects as Big as a Basketball

3D Systems launched a new 3D printer at the 2013 CES, which boasts “the largest print volume in its category,” according to an announcement from the firm. Called the CubeX, the printer is able to

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Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Not only are Specimen's horn speakers visually intriguing with their flared newsprint protrusion, but they project larger-than-life sound using only 3 watts of power. The technology employed was common in

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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it

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MakerBot Unveils Next-Gen Replicator 2X 3D Printer at CES 2013

MakerBot Unveils Next-Gen Replicator 2X 3D Printer at CES 2013

Here at Inhabitat, we can’t get enough of 3D printers, and MakerBot’s Replicator 2 is one of the finest examples of consumer-level 3D printing. That’s why we were so excited about the release of

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RoboSmart Bulb: An Intelligent Wireless LED Light Bulb You Can Control With a Smart Device

RoboSmart Bulb: An Intelligent Wireless LED Light Bulb You Can Control With a Smart Device

Smart Home Labs recently released a revolutionary LED bulb called RoboSmart. The innovative, new bulb has an integrated Bluetooth that enables you to control your lights using nothing but your phone or

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Miniature Sofant SmartAntenna Could Double Battery Life of Smartphones

Miniature Sofant SmartAntenna Could Double Battery Life of Smartphones

Edinburgh-based Sofant just unveiled a new micro SmartAntenna at CES 2013 that could potentially double the battery life of today's smartphones while easing network congestion. The tiny antenna is

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The ZoneGuard is a Disaster Radio From Eton That Keeps You Informed of Emergencies

The ZoneGuard is a Disaster Radio From Eton That Keeps You Informed of Emergencies

When an emergency strikes and the lights go out, it's essential to have access to a reliable off-grid source of news. At CES 2013 Eton just unveiled their new ZoneGuard weather radios, which are equipped

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Belkin Unveils WeMo Light Switch That Can Be Remote Controlled By Your Smartphone

Belkin Unveils WeMo Light Switch That Can Be Remote Controlled By Your Smartphone

Remote home appliances are the biggest things to hit the household market in a long time. Just witness the success of the Nest Thermostat and remote-control light bulbs like the iLumi. Consumer

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The Shout Out Louds Create a Functional Record Made From Ice to Promote Their Newest Single

The Shout Out Louds Create a Functional Record Made From Ice to Promote Their Newest Single

If you thought vinyl was an outdated technology, then this record is practically from the Ice Age. The functional ice record was produced by the Swedish band the Shout Out Louds to promote their single,

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LG Releases World’s First Super-Thin Energy Efficient OLED Television

LG Releases World’s First Super-Thin Energy Efficient OLED Television

The next generation of televisions is here. LG has just launched the first organic light-emitting diode TV. The 55 inch OLED screen beats LCD televisions in energy efficiency, plus it's thinner and it may

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XMS MissileToe: Recycled Christmas Tree Rocket Shoots for the Stars

XMS MissileToe: Recycled Christmas Tree Rocket Shoots for the Stars

We've shared lots of great ways to compost, recycle or reuse your old Christmas tree - but blasting it off into space never crossed our mind. Two DIY’ers have decided to “reuse” their Christmas tree

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Top 6 Gadgets for the Home to Help You Go Green in 2013

Top 6 Gadgets for the Home to Help You Go Green in 2013

It may still be December, but we're already thinking about our resolution to make 2013 our greenest year yet. In addition to those classic resolves to eat healthier, spend more time with family and

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LAST CHANCE: Win a $150 Gift Certificate to Spend On Green Gadgets at Lutron Store (10 Available!)

LAST CHANCE: Win a $150 Gift Certificate to Spend On Green Gadgets at Lutron Store (10 Available!)

Climate change got you worried? Us too. That's why we've made it our mission to get as many people as we can to ramp up their efforts to cut down on their energy use and make greater, greener strides to

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Redditor Creates a Simulated Mission Control from Scrap Electronics for His Son’s Fifth Birthday

Redditor Creates a Simulated Mission Control from Scrap Electronics for His Son’s Fifth Birthday

There are some dads who are content to construct forts and treehouses out of cardboard and plywood and then there are others that take their projects and imaginations into orbit. Redditor and leading

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CitiSense is a Portable Air Pollution Monitoring Device that Sends Data to Your Smart Phone

CitiSense is a Portable Air Pollution Monitoring Device that Sends Data to Your Smart Phone

CitiSense is a portable pollution monitoring system that allows you to check nearby air quality on your smart phone. Developed by computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, the system

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The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

Want to throw down some sick underground beats using vegetables that actually grow underground? Get back to your musical roots by jamming on the BeetBox, a simple musical instrument powered by a Raspberry

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to forever vanquish the cracked, scratched smartphone screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has filed for—and received—what may be the world's first patent for a

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Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Robots venture where humans fear to tread. The ASTACO-SoRa developed by Hitachi is destined to roll into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant next year to clean up radioactive and toxic rubble. The

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has released an

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Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Transforming robots are not be the exclusive property of cartoons and sci-fi blockbusters anymore. Engineers from MIT have created a tiny device that is capable of folding itself into almost any desirable

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Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

The Waka Waka Personal Solar Power Station is a clever little gadget that can charge any cell phone and tablet via a USB connector using a solar LED lamp. That means no more frustrating dead phone

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UK Engineers Create World’s First Working 3D Printed Electronic Devices

UK Engineers Create World’s First Working 3D Printed Electronic Devices

Researchers at the University of Warwick's School of Engineering have discovered a way to manufacture working electronic devices using 3D printers. To date, the electronic inner workings of products have

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Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

This faux grass rug invites whoever uses it to interact with the design by playfully rearranging the flowers! The creation of Toronto-based Joe Jin Design Company is made-up of artificial daisies that can

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Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Soon, you may literally be staring into the future of augmented reality. Researchers from imec and The Centre of Microsystems Technology (CMST) at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a spherical,

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