A Shipping Container Home That Isn’t Boring

A Shipping Container Home That Isn’t Boring

Shipping container homes can often resemble, well, shipping containers. The rectangular form can sometimes get a little tedious, but one interesting take on this type of salvaged living space is designed by Todd Miller from Ziegler Build. This upcycled Australian home has many impressive features. Constructed from 31 shipping containers, it took just over 5 months to complete. The front appearance takes what would be a lackluster façade if left as a container and upgrades it with the different surfaces. Some have been given a glossy cleaning of their original look and some units have been covered in various textures of… read more

This Headband May Make You Smarter

This Headband May Make You Smarter

Researchers have figured out a way to “wake up” the brain during learning tasks. A team of psychologists at Vanderbilt University have recently published an article in the Journal of Neuroscience that offers their findings into research which examined prompted electrical currents in the brain and the effects on learning speed. A wearable device resembling a headband was produced for the study, and had an added feature – it can actually make the wearer smarter, even control their learning speed, with the onset of mild electrical stimulation to certain regions. The researchers wanted to further understand the natural response that occurs… read more

2 Eye-catching But Opposite Small Home Designs

2 Eye-catching But Opposite Small Home Designs

Small homes can include of range of unexpected features. The following are residences that may be smaller in square footage, but are over the top in unorthodox concepts. This scaly looking chunk of a house called Hus-1 is from designer Torsten Ottesjö, who also constructed the micro home. Trying to capture all that nature has to offer, it is a perplexing slab of architecture. Have a look at the unusual home: This house is a replication of nature itself, according to the designer, and it was intended to be a comfortable space. Though small in scale it includes all of… read more

How Do You Brew?

How Do You Brew?

Just like there are various types of flavors of coffee and taste preferences for the beloved beverage, there are also several different ways to brew it. One of the more popular ways to make coffee, especially in the U.S., is to drip brew it. This process is fairly simple, requiring the electricity and machine to heat the water that drips through the coffee grounds in order to brew it. Lovers of the preset time option may be hooked on making coffee this way, though it may not be the most flavorful way to brew. An uncomplicated but interesting coffee brewing device crafted… read more

Ecofriendly Home Décor (That’s A Little Strange)

Ecofriendly Home Decor (That's A Little Strange)

Artists and designers can come up with interesting pieces that are inspired from unordinary places. This neat chair was produced to replicate the form of a traditional toy in Mexico called the Trompo. The spinning motion of the toy was reproduced in the chair, as whoever is seated in the Totoyo can rotate on the wooden axis a full 360° for a view that never gets boring. Made from a basic but genius concept by Victor Aléman Studio, this chair is no doubt sturdy, original and probably fun. After the interior base is made the designers work with artisan crafters to… read more

Mogees Lets You Be The Musical Artist

Mogees Lets You Be The Musical Artist

If you love music but don’t play an instrument, Mogees have it covered. Bruno Zamborlin, a researcher in musical technology, has developed a device that lets people be musical within their own perimeters. A Kickstarter project soon to come to life, the Mogees system is powered up when plugged into a smartphone’s headphone jack and can be used with iOS or Android apps. The unit, which sort of resembles a bottlecap design, can be placed on any surface. Users open up the app, and the internal sensor picks up on the vibrations that are made when responding to any ordinary… read more

Home Heating by a Robot

Warm Up Robot

Heating our homes in winter consumes vast amounts of energy and costs households a great deal. But imagine if there were a robot that could store heat and then moved around the house to warm cold areas? Drum roll please for…..Hagent, the mobile heater robot. This small robot shaped like a black box is amde up of movable wheels, sensors and Phase change materials (PCM). PCM  absorb heat from a hot body and change their phase (from solid to liquid or vice versa) and then release the heat by again changing their phase. Designed by Andreas Meinhardt and Daniel Abendrith… read more

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space saving and micro living designs are helpful in areas where having enough room is a factor. The following are a few ideas that offer creative and flexible storage options. From Nook Architects, their renovation of a narrow apartment in Barcelona, Spain includes a clever floor based storage option. An inlay of traditionally placed floor tiles and gorgeous wooden flooring leads to a step up window seat that faces the terrace. The terrace is raised, and before the redesign the doorway was narrow and not an ideal entrance to the outdoor space. The design team had the idea to install the raised… read more

Designers Create New Inventions For Braille Users

Designers Create New Inventions For Braille Users

Braille is a printed communication system used by blind and visually impaired individuals. Shubham Banerjee has created a Braille printer that has gained worldwide attention for its ingenuity and real world application. Impressively, the printer is made from repurposed Lego pieces. Titled Braigo, the system is made from the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit, which costs about $350. Banerjee stated that the retail price for a standard Braille printer can be upwards of $2,000. With such a decreased price, Banerjee’s invention could enable more Braille users to be able to print materials. What is even more impressive than his resourceful device is the fact… read more

Sitting For Too Long Can Kill You

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It should come to the surprise of no one that an increased sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to health. What may surprise you is that sitting for too long each day can shave off hours of your expected lifespan and cause many various health complications. Check out this video on the matter of sitting for lengthy periods at a time: So what can be attributed to our sharp increase in sitting more than those in previous generations did? For starters, the shift from jobs that require manual labor to jobs in front of computer screens is partly to blame. It’s not… read more