ADEX, made from an eco-friendly interlocking system of prefabricated pieces, is another self-sufficient house that works out perfectly on an off-grid living. ADEX is easy to install anywhere as it has the ability to adopt its different site to eventually meet the changing needs of its surroundings, being capable of collecting renewable resources. The triangular pre-fab pieces are also easily disassembled by the time the owners are willing and ready to move to other places. What makes this prefabricated housing a sustainable one is its photovoltaic panels, solar heaters, rainwater storage, and greywater recycling. Aside from that, the system itself is also composed of recycled waste materials. It was designed by Alberto Lara and Paula Noguron.
2.Soe Ker Tie Hias (Butterfly House)
TYIN Tegnestue is a non-profit group of student architects which recently designed these unusual wood prefab houses in Noh Bo, Tak, Thailand. The house, called Soe Ker Tie Hias (the Butterfly Houses), is named for its innovative flip-up roof design that enables effective natural ventilation while collecting rainwater for re-use. These eco-friendly prefab homes are clad in locally harvested bamboo, and the material is woven using a traditional method on the front and rear facades that appears commonly in other homes and crafts done in the area.
Dubbed the "habitat for the 21st century," the Dome House, made by Japan's Dome House Co., is an igloo-shaped structure built from snap-together wall sections made of 100% expanded polystyrene foam (styrofoam). The houses, which have many configurations and sizes to select from, are made with a material that is easy to assemble, will not rot or attract insects, and acts as its own insulation. The flame-retardant walls can burn, but do not emit toxic fumes if they do.
Minimum spaces are no excuse for bad taste. A good example is this sophisticated living small house design from Trebnje, Slovenia, called the ConHouse, where a two-story prefab mini home is assembled out of two perpendicularly positioned containers, one atop the other.
5.Youmeheshe's organic prefab house
Youmeheshe architects presented at the London Pecha Kucha event their small but tall ‘organic house' — a wood pre-fab prototype that was Youmeheshe's answer to a British-government challenge last year for architects to design an affordable house for under £60,000. This bio-fueled, wood-clad house that “touches the ground lightly” has a design that uses a kit of parts – for example a level could be a whole floor or a loft depending on the size of the household – to assemble a house floor-by-floor. The highest models were a 4 room, 4 story house.
The Homestead House is an off-grid prefab concept made from recycled steel by designer Michael Jantzen. The house makes use of prefabricated, commercially available steel which makes it both low in cost and extremely modular. In fact, it makes the size and shape of the structure completely customizable - not to mention really tough! And the house is fully recyclable as it can be easily torn down and erected in a different location.
7.Arctic's House Boat
Winter shelter in the Arctic can take form in an upside down hunting boat – a traditional Inuit practice. Covey Island Boatworks, award winning builders of hand-crafted yachts, power and sailboats, has brought that idea into dry dock developing a prototype wood and epoxy prefab that applies boatbuilding principles directly to an extreme Arctic home. The prefab idea spent nearly three years in development and was completed last summer. The result is a highly-insulated, prefabricated modular home that can be assembled on-site. The extreme setting requires off-grid living and this Arctic prototype is equipped with solar, wind and marine driven systems.
With 70 square meters, this house, called Maison evolutiV, is made of two prefabricated modules perched one on top of the other. The designers pivoted the top unit to create a variety of interesting integrated outdoor spaces with indoor spaces. It's also eco-friendly, consuming only 48 kWh/square meter per year. Solar thermal on the roof provides hot water and the wool wood insulation helps to keep the house temperature regulated. Rainwater harvesting provides water for toilets and landscaping.
9.625 Square Foot Prefab
This prefab kit home in Tucson, Arizona, was designed by architect Rocio Romero and took about 12 weeks to be completed. It belongs to Aaron Jones. The basic kit cost Aaron $22,050 and included the basic exterior shell of the home.
Straight from (you guessed it) Japan is the world's first and hopefully last Edible iPhone Case. This $85 case (yes that says eighty five dollars) is made out of rice crackers which makes it edible- technically. It's also super fragile. Of course, when pieces of the case do break off you can eat them, so it's not a total loss. You might, however, want to ignore the fact that you just ate some $85 rice cracker chunks with a pocket lint topping.
2.Baby Shaped Pears
Baby Pears, found at a supermarket in Beijing, China, are undoubtedly delicious. The problem is that you have to eat them before they wake up and devour your entire family at night.
3.iPad Screen Cleaning Robot
Is it so difficult to take a cloth and wipe off your screen? Yes it is- we need automated help with that. Meet Auto Mee S from Takara Tomy, the screen cleaning mini-robot. This tiny DJ Roomba-like device moves around on top of your smartphone or iPad and cleans the screen. Underneath the Auto Mee S's palm-sized body is a rotating cleaning pad (replaceable) and the wheels so it can scoot around on top of your device. It has edge detecting capabilities so it stays on your screen without rolling off. This 100% necessary device sells for $21 plus shipping from Japan.
Chinese passers-by are surprised to see self-styled Chinese inventor Li Yongli's latest unicycle on a Beijing street. Li rode the prototype around the Chinese capital on a Sunday in order to attract investors to commercialize his design, which he called The Number One Car in the World.
5.Bag that Turns into Underwear
Here we have yet another crazy invention; I am talking about an ecological/reusable bag made using origami and furoshiki technology. It is a multiple use bag that can transform itself into a bra and panties set. Did you forget your bag at home? No problem, because if you are a girl then you can “wear” the bag!
6."Wake me Up at My Stop" Lens
A Japanese guy has invented a new super-gadget that helps him inform his fellow train passengers about his destination. Thanks to this gadget we will be able to sleep without having to worry about waking up because our fellow travelers will hopefully wake us up when we arrive at the correct station.
7.USB Leg Warmer
If regular ol' leg warmers aren't enough to keep your legs warm, you could always wear USB heated leg warmers. The leg warmers by Japanese company Thanko are powered by USB cables and use a carbon heater to keep your legs toasty. Whether or not leg warmers are in again is a debate I'll leave to the fashion experts, but I would guess that any clothing that plugs into your computer is definitely out. With that said, why not just make heated sweatpants? You already don't care about your appearance if you're rocking these at the coffee shop while blogging, so why not go all out? In fact, why not make a USB heated Forever Lazy? Oh right, because all of the heat would escape as soon as you opened the poop flap.
8.The Infidelity Phone
Got a cheatin' heart? Better ditch that iPhone and get yourself the phone of choice for adulterers: the Fujitsu F-Series flip phones. Sure, you can lock your smartphone, and there are apps that can erase text messages and call history, but the genius of these flip phones - nicknamed the "uwaki keitai" or "infidelity phone" is that they have a "private mode" that hides incoming calls and messages.
Fujitsu's "privacy mode" is a layer of nearly invisible security that hides missed calls, emails and text messages from contacts designated as private. If one of those acquaintances gets in touch, the only signal of that communication is a subtle change in the color or shape of how the battery sign or antenna bars are displayed. If ignored, the call doesn't appear in the phone log.
The changes are so subtle that it would be impossible to spot with an untrained eye. When the privacy mode is turned off through a secret combination of keys, the concealed calls and messages appear, and voice mail becomes accessible.
Just when you thought a spork couldn't get any sporkier, designer Masami Takahashi of Japan's Sugakiya ramen noodle restaurant goes and blows the competition out of the water. You know, the spork competition. Oh come on, the spork competition? You know that's a thing! This spoon/fork combo was created to ensure that you get the appropriate ratio of noodles to soup into your mouth. Well well well, this is prettyyy clever.