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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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Ecocapsule is a sustainable egg-shaped house the size of a car

Ecocapsule is a sustainable egg-shaped house the size of a car

It may not seem like it, but the small, egg-shaped construction seen here can actually be lived in like house, despite being even smaller than a typical New York City apartment. It's called the Ecocapsule, and it's made for total off-the-grid sustainability. It features dimensions of 4.46 x 2.25 x 2.60 m (14 x 7.3 x 8.5 ft), and only offers 6.3 sq m (67.8 sq ft) of usable floorspace. Most people probably wouldn't want to live in it, but with power, water, a toilet, and a stove, they could certainly try.

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‘Use the fork, Luke’ with these Star Wars eating utensils

‘Use the fork, Luke’ with these Star Wars eating utensils

Sure, you can claim you're all about Star Wars whether you're working, playing, sleeping, or even decorating your Christmas tree, but what about when you're eating? Now there's a way for you to channel the Force when having a plate of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes, thanks to official Star Wars flatware from ThinkGeek. Complete with lightsaber hilt designs, a set includes a fork, knife, and spoon.

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Official Star Wars Christmas ornaments bring the Force to your tree

Official Star Wars Christmas ornaments bring the Force to your tree

Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the day of December 18th, when The Force Awakens will be set free at movie theaters across the country, but what about on Christmas Day? How can the Force make its presence known while families are gathered around their Christmas tree? With new official Star Wars Christmas ornaments, that's how. Four new sets have just been announced by Merchoid, each with six baubles, and are available now on their website.

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Four kitchen gadgets that’ll make next Thanksgiving easier

Four kitchen gadgets that’ll make next Thanksgiving easier

Thanksgiving: there's festivities and friends and football, and if you're fortunate, lots and lots of food. Someone has to cook that food, though, and that someone is probably getting really tired of being inside a kitchen right about now. Fortunately, we live in the modern age and the modern age includes appliances as smart as they are efficient. There are many to choose form, such as these five lifesavers that'll make next Thanksgiving's prep work much easier.

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Death Star and Borg Cube shine as paper lanterns

Death Star and Borg Cube shine as paper lanterns

Prefer your displays of fandom to be a touch more subtle than tea kettles and giant rugs? Enter a pair of new paper lanterns styled after Star Trek’s Borg Cube and Star Wars’ Death Star. Both look, at first glance, like ordinary paper lanterns in spherical and cube shapes. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see the designs printed across their fragile, thin paper shells.

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Auroma One coffee maker learns taste preferences

Auroma One coffee maker learns taste preferences

For some, coffee is akin to art, a daily ritual deserving of one’s special attention and a little extra time. The Auroma One coffee brewer is aimed at those who feel that way, promising high-quality coffee in a single-serve fashion. The maker hawks Auroma as being a “coffee science machine,” and it has a design flavor to match. Counted among its features is the ability to learn the owner’s taste preferences.

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