ISRI Convention 2018: Big Machines, Earth Day Enthusiasm

April 26, 2018 by  
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Electricity-free, foot-powered washing machine is slated for release this summer

April 11, 2018 by  
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The Drumi, from product design company Yirego , is a washing machine powered by your feet — no electricity necessary. The device uses six to 12 liters of water per load, and can wash almost five pounds of clothes in around five minutes. Inhabitat first covered the little washing machine in 2015, and we checked in with Yirego to hear how they’ve improved the product, slated for release this summer. Yirego designed an environmentally friendly washing machine powered by you. And after more than 10,000 hours of product development, the Drumi is in production, and the company is aiming to release it in the summer of 2018. As they progressed past the early stages of design , they made a few key changes to improve the washing machine. Related: The zero-electricity Gentlewasher does the laundry in five minutes flat One change is the carrying handle. Users only need one hand to transport the machine, as opposed to holding both sides with the earlier model. The handle doubles as a lock, keeping the lid in place as a user peddles. The production model is now shorter than the earlier model; Yirego lowered the machine’s center of gravity to boost stability and durability. Also, they addressed peoples’ concerns that a dirty machine would impact their skin and laundry by enabling users to remove the drum out of the new Drumi for easy cleaning. Yirego said they’ve filed patents for these technologies. The washing machine is aimed at people living off the grid , in small urban apartments, or in mobile homes , to name a few. It can be utilized for small loads containing clothing like activewear or delicates. About five minutes is all it takes to clean clothes in the Drumi: around two minutes to wash, two to rinse, and 30 seconds to spin dry. You can pre-order the machine, which costs $299, in silver or green on the Yirego website . + Yirego Images courtesy of Yirego

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7 beautifully designed tiny homes that fit big families

April 11, 2018 by  
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Who says you can’t live in a tiny house with a family? These pint-sized homes prove it’s possible to live comfortably in fewer square feet, even with children. If you never considered small-space living with kids , these well-designed tiny homes  will seriously tempt you to ditch the traditional house for a more minimalist lifestyle. 232-square-foot home fits a family of four plus their Great Dane Macy Miller of MiniMotives started building her tiny home before she knew she’d be sharing it with a family. During the process she met her partner, James, who helped her complete the house. They’ve since welcomed two children — plus a Great Dane! — and expanded the home from its initial size of 196 square feet to 232 square feet with the addition of a bedroom.  Reclaimed wood counter tops, a composting toilet  and radiant floor heating are among the sustainable features of this cozy space. Couple adapts their tiny home to welcome a baby Samantha and Robert Garlow of SHEDsistence designed and built their own 204-square-foot tiny home to live in with their cat — and then they welcomed a baby . They adapted the space to make it child-friendly with features like a loft crib and net. So far they’ve enjoyed living in their tiny house with a baby, and the small space makes it easy for the couple to keep an eye on her. Family of six lives in an airy, converted school bus Four kids? No problem. Gabriel and Debbie Mayes of The Mayes Team transformed a 2000 Thomas High Top school bus into a 250-square-foot haven. They wanted to avoid a shotgun house feel, so they designed an L-shaped kitchen to create a natural barrier between the living area and bedrooms. Big windows fill the bus with natural light . Related: Amazing camper van maximizes space with clever boat design tricks Family of four builds a salvaged tiny home for $12,000 Karl and Hari Berzins of the Tiny House Family needed to save money, so they got creative with their tiny home. For only $12,000, they constructed a 320-square-foot house using salvaged , overstock or leftover building materials . The home incorporates a kitchen sink from a neighbor; oak from a demolished home; lights and fabric from the family’s former restaurant; and insulation, windows, flooring, framing material and their stove on Craigslist . Converted light-filled bus is home to a family of five Brandon and Ashley Trebitowski of Trebventure downsized from 2,100 square feet to 240 square feet — with three kids. They converted a Blue Bird bus into a bright mobile home that boasts an open floor plan and homemade furniture. Plenty of windows fill the home with natural light, affording it a spacious feel. Camper converted into dreamy California abode for a family of five High rent prices in California prompted Dino and Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow to seek out an alternative residence. They decided to convert a Cougar Keystone camper into a 180-square-foot tiny home for their family. After gutting the interior, they spent $3,000 on storage solutions to avoid clutter, a custom-cut IKEA desktop and decorations from discount stores and garage sales. 10 people could sleep inside this tiny home Ready to launch into your own tiny living adventure? If you’re hesitant to build a tiny home, there are several options, such as the Traveler XL from Escape Traveler , a 344-square-foot tiny house that can sleep as many as 10 people (provided that some of those people are children!). It’s off-grid -ready, with features like composting toilets, solar panels  and battery storage . Images via The Mayes Team, © Macy Miller/MiniMotives , courtesy of Samantha and Robert Garlow/SHED tiny house , Tiny House Family , Trebventure , courtesy of Arrows and Bow, and Escape Traveler

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Be One With The Machine, Motorola’s New Digital Tattoos Can Unlock Your Phone

August 3, 2014 by  
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Are you a multitasking professional taking too much time to unlock your phone? Moto X owners don’t need to fumble around now with the new digital tattoos by Motorola. It sounds like science fiction but these innovative tattoos allow the user to effortlessly unlock their phone with one easy swipe. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cell phone , Communication , eco-fashion , Fashion , motorola , privacy , tattoos , upcycled clothing , wearable technology

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Tom Vered Unveils the World’s First Spirulina Home Growing Machine

July 17, 2014 by  
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Tom Vered has unveiled the world’s first Home Growing Spirulina machine! Spirulina, the blue-green algae superfood that contains over 100 different nutrients, thrives in both fresh and salt water and has been known to mankind for hundreds of years. In the last 40 years, it has been produced in large-scale factories around the globe as dried powder. Vered’s machine is ground breaking not only because it now allows consumers to grow Spirulina at home, but also because one can consume it in its healthiest form – fresh! The new Spirulina home growing machine contains 10 liters of fresh Spirulina and comes with a specially designed 20 ml glass. With the simple push of a button you get your daily amount of filtered and dense superfood – right in the comfort of you own home! + Tom Vered The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blue-green algae , DIY , grow Spirulina at home , reader submitted content , Spirulina , Spirulina Machine , super food , superfoods , sustainable food , Tom Vered

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LG is Developing a Waterless Washing Machine!

April 18, 2013 by  
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LG is rumored to be creating a washing machine that doesn’t use water. It is known that South Korean firm plans to focus on next-generation  smart appliances next year, and is already working on several cutting-edge designs. Reporting rumors of what could be an exceptionally efficient washer, Engadget said the company remains tight-lipped about the new washing machine project—currently in the early stages of development—and that LG would not confirm if it is to be completely waterless, or “virtually waterless.” Read the rest of LG is Developing a Waterless Washing Machine! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , CES 2013 , Energy-Efficient Appliances , Green Appliances , LG home appliances , LG robo-vacuum , LG waterless washing machine , refrigerator design , smart appliances , sustainable appliances , washing machine design , water usage        

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LG is Developing a Waterless Washing Machine!

April 18, 2013 by  
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LG is rumored to be creating a washing machine that doesn’t use water. It is known that South Korean firm plans to focus on next-generation  smart appliances next year, and is already working on several cutting-edge designs. Reporting rumors of what could be an exceptionally efficient washer, Engadget said the company remains tight-lipped about the new washing machine project—currently in the early stages of development—and that LG would not confirm if it is to be completely waterless, or “virtually waterless.” Read the rest of LG is Developing a Waterless Washing Machine! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , CES 2013 , Energy-Efficient Appliances , Green Appliances , LG home appliances , LG robo-vacuum , LG waterless washing machine , refrigerator design , smart appliances , sustainable appliances , washing machine design , water usage        

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Up-Stream is a Foot-Powered Washing Machine Made From Recycled Materials that Costs Just $4!

July 19, 2012 by  
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Aaron Stathum  and Eliot Covena , two industrial design students from Philadelphia University , have designed and constructed the Up-Stream – a prototype low-cost washing machine for the developing world that if mass produced will cost as less as $4! The dynamic duo created the machine for areas of the world where access to clean water and electricity are limited. Read the rest of Up-Stream is a Foot-Powered Washing Machine Made From Recycled Materials that Costs Just $4! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Amazing Cooking Strainer Portraits Mysteriously Pop Up in London

July 19, 2012 by  
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Jeanne Gang’s Proposal Transforms Chicago’s Rundown Cicero Into a Thriving Neighborhood

February 15, 2012 by  
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