Whimsical cottage straight out of Snow White can be yours

February 17, 2017 by  
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Fairy tales do come true and yes, they can happen to you – for just a mere $925,000. This dreamy Snow White cottage is a four bedroom, 4.5 bath home located in Olalla, Washington that has recently been put on the market. Although the whimsical home was, of course, inspired by the beloved fairytale princess, no word on whether it comes with seven dwarf roommates. The 2,800-square-feet cottage was built in 1982 and includes a number of custom amenities. The unique curvaceous design is complimented by hand-crafted doors with detailed iron work through the home. The interior is full of hand-carved wooden beams, stained glass windows, and even “magical cave”- like walls. Related: This luxury hobbit home in the UK could be yours for just $1 million The home has been on the market for just over 200 days and is being marketed as a great space for a B&B or wedding venue. A strong selling point is the home’s 7.52 acre lot, which is surrounded by sculpted gardens and lush greenery, perfect for getting lost and taking a nap. Or not. Via Boing Boing Images via Realtor

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Dubai plans to launch autonomous flying drone taxis by mid-2017

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Adding to its reputation as a leader in experimental transportation , Dubai is hoping to launch autonomous air taxis capable of transporting people far above the city’s traffic woes as soon as the middle of 2017. According to Auto Blog, the United Arab Emirates Roads and Transportation authority announced the plans earlier this week, after a demonstration of the technology at the three-day World Government Summit . The Chinese-made Ehang 184 drone used in the demonstration can travel at 62 miles per hour at heights up to 984 feet. The drone is powered by an electric motor that can spin its eight propellers for up to 30 minutes at a time, with a two-hour recharge cycle in between. Specially designed to withstand the extreme desert temperatures of the Middle East , the Ehang 184 also comes equipped with a variety of safety features designed to provide peace of mind to those brave souls who choose to fly in it. This includes a program that tells the drone to automatically land at the nearest safe destination if even the most minor thing goes wrong, and secure networks designed to ward off hackers. The fact that its flights are all monitored throughout by ground control should add additional assurance. Related: Meet Gita, an intelligent autonomous cargo robot that can carry your stuff And people could be trusting the Ehang drone with their lives sooner, rather than later, as the head of Dubai’s transportation authority has told the Kuwait Times his ministry is already experimenting with using the autonomous vehicle in-flight. Dubai’s experiments with autonomous drone taxis are just one part of its forward-thinking approach to transport. The country is also the future home of the Elon Musk’s first Hyperloop project , which will connect Abu Dhabi to Dubai, a 100-mile trip that will take just 12 minutes. Via Auto Blog Images via ETC-USC and Sam Valadi , Flickr Creative Commons

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