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Added 2 November, 2018

The so-called homesharing economy continues to heat up. Expedia Group said it had acquired two small startups — Pillow and ApartmentJet — which help owners of multifamily residential communities list and manage short-term rentals while complying with local regulations. Pillow, a San Francisco-based startup, had raised $16 million in capital,...

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Added 31 October, 2018

Autonomous robots are impacting myriad industries. We’ve seen them inspecting industrial tanks and even serving coffee. Usually, these robots are designed to perform repetitive simple tasks. Boston Dynamics multi-functional and nimble robot, SpotMini, might be perfect for building construction. It can perform a range of dynamic tasks which...

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Added 21 October, 2018

Briqchain is one of the first of a number of new investment vehicles using blockchain technology to make real-estate investing more efficient and transparent for small investors. Briqchain starts from 10 euros. Investors buy bonds via briqchain.com for 10 euro per "Briq". The company uses these briqs to invest in rental real-estate. Investors...

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Added 18 October, 2018

E-commerce homewares company, Wayfair, has released an augmented reality interior design and room planning app especially for the new Magic Leap headset. “Wayfair Spaces”, as it’s called, acts as a virtual showroom for select pieces of the retailer’s furniture and home accessories collection. It is powered by Magic Leap’s spatial computing...

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Added 13 October, 2018

There are a wide variety of biometric tools available, including fingerprint scans, iris scans and facial recognition. Now, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi have developed a biometric system based on footsteps.The new system uses a geophone. This is a transducer that converts ground movement into electrical signals...

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Added 11 September, 2018

Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited (DBALP) has unveiled an eye-catching design for a new airport terminal in Bangkok that features intricate wooden detailing and an indoor forest. The new building is reportedly expected to be operational in 2025. Details are still rather thin on the ground at this early stage, but assuming all goes well, the...

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Added 10 September, 2018

The Syshaus House comes to the market bringing a new concept to live with quality, practicality and sustainability – not only ideals, but effective practices. The structural system is composed of standardized types of pillar, beam, joint node and screw, which when combined result in different configurations of plants and programs, within a...

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Added 2 September, 2018

Real estate startup Compass has developed a high-end sign shaped like a magnifying glass, with a glowing ring. In the center of the ring is the real estate agents’ contact information. As a person walks by the sign, LED lights activate and cascade down the sides of the ring. The lights draw attention to a QR code on the sign. Scanning the code...

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Added 25 August, 2018

Chicago-based technology company SpotHero is transforming its parking facilities to communicate with autonomous vehicles to let them know which spaces to park in. The company's app allows drivers, the vehicles themselves, garages, car manufacturers and cities to communicate with each other, exchanging data and payments. The new parking features...

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Added 15 August, 2018

The bridge houses along the canals of Amsterdam were home to the canal’s bridge keepers for 100 years. They have since been abandoned with the introduction of automated technology. A new initiative – called SWEETS hotel – is re-purposing these abandoned spaces as waterfront hotel rooms. As part of the initiative, 28 iconic bridge houses along...