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IKEA VR app uses an HTC Vive to design your dream kitchen

IKEA VR app uses an HTC Vive to design your dream kitchen

IKEA might be renowned as a furniture and home accessories company, but that doesn't mean it's not ready to always dive at the forefront of the latest trends in technology. It has already launched a catalog of products with built-in wireless charging capabilities. It has even dabbled in augmented reality before to bring its catalog to life. Now its is also jumping in head first into the world of virtual reality, with an IKEA VR Experience app that lets you preview and modify a kitchen to your heart's content, all from the magical, digital VR space.

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Schnap under-desk hammock is for long days at the office

Schnap under-desk hammock is for long days at the office

Rough day at the office? Channel your inner George Costanza with the Schnap, an under-desk hammock that, apparently, makes napping at the office easier than ever. You could just lean your chair back, yes, but that'd be too prone to interruption, and what if you're not allowed to nap at work? With an under-desk hammock, you could use a strategically based jacket and chair to hide your non-working ways.

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Haiku ceiling fans to add Amazon Alexa voice control

Haiku ceiling fans to add Amazon Alexa voice control

Big Ass Solutions’ Haiku Home ceiling fans will soon have voice control through Amazon Alexa, the company has announced. When the feature rolls around, users will be able to control their ceiling fans using voice commands, turning them on and off, adjusting their light intensity, and changing their speeds. The voice commands can be made using Amazon Tap, Amazon Echo, and Echo Dot.

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Neato Botvac Connected: smartwatch controlled

Neato Botvac Connected: smartwatch controlled

Apple Watch and Android Wear users will be able to control the likes of the Neato Botvac Connected as its updated this year. The Neato robot will work very similar to what you've come to expect from a robot vacuum - cleaning your home automatically. What it will also do is respond to your commands - from your wrist. This action will work via the same Wi-Fi network as the vacuum robot - hopefully keeping your cleaning activities private as it does so.

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Brita releases first “smart” water pitcher

Brita releases first “smart” water pitcher

I've got a water pitcher that I keep in my fridge, for when I want to drink a glass or a bottle of water. As you can guess, it has a filter in it, to keep all the bad stuff out of my drinking water. Of course, I have a bad habit of forgetting when it was that I changed the filter last, as it doesn't have anything on it to tell me when to replace it. Well with the latest Brita pitcher, I won't have to think about when to replace the filter, or even have to remember to buy a new one.

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ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

LED light bulbs, as great as they are, all look alike after a while. The same can’t be said for the ZappLight bulb, which also happens to double as a bug zapper. Worried about mosquitoes when you’re out grilling? Screw one into the light socket and you’ll enjoy neutral light while bugs gravitate to the blue UV inner core, meeting their death within. When not in use, the light portion can be shut off while the bug zapper remains live.

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NY’s Perch apartment complex sheds 90% of energy burden

NY’s Perch apartment complex sheds 90% of energy burden

In New York, in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood, there’s an apartment complex in the works called Perch that is the first of its kind. Built to “Passive House” standards, the complex is being designed to use between 80% and 90% less energy than the same sort of structure built to common standards. It will do this while providing the same sort of urban living structure city dwellers have come to expect, however.

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Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon has taken the wraps off its first round of available devices covered under the Amazon Dash Replenishment service, and they're comprised of printers, a blood glucose monitor, and a GE washer. Under the service, these items and eventually others like the will be able to order needed items when supplies run low, no involvement from the owner necessary (after setup, that is). More connected devices will offer the feature soon.

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Death Star Waffle Maker makes waffles unlike any other

Death Star Waffle Maker makes waffles unlike any other

Some people can create art from their breakfast foods -- pancakes in the shape of popular cartoon characters, for example. Most of us lack those creative skills but wouldn't mind having a themed breakfast. Enter the Death Star Waffle Maker, a waffle maker that, as the name suggests, creates waffles in the shape and with the details of the Death Star from Star Wars.

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Ruggie makes you step on it to silence morning alarm

Ruggie makes you step on it to silence morning alarm

Waking up early is difficult, and thanks to the ever present snooze button, many people have overslept their alarm and ended up late to work. We’ve seen various solutions to that, some more complicated than others, and Ruggie is newest among them. Rather than putting the snooze button in a different room or disabling it altogether, Ruggie simply requires you to step on it.

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Lowes unveils upcoming Iris smart home monitoring service

Lowes unveils upcoming Iris smart home monitoring service

Lowes introduced its updated Iris smart home system in November, and today at CES 2016 announced plans to offer a professional monitoring service for its’ Iris customers. The monitoring service will be offered in partnership with United Central Control Inc, though it will only be available in yet-unannounced markets starting in the second quarter of this year. The service will be offered sans contract.

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Last-minute Gift Guide for the everyday Star Wars fan

Last-minute Gift Guide for the everyday Star Wars fan

Today we've got a tree-full of Star Wars gift ideas for the absolute last minute - that's right now - before the end of the holiday season. This guide doubles as a "everything you missed" guide for the Star Wars fan. Oddities and stuff you never knew you needed. Electronics, Star Wars takes on essentials, and a selfie stick. And action figures. Don't you EVER forget action figures when it comes to Star Wars merchandise.

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