MIT’S LATEST: AN APARTMENT-IN-A-BOX

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Have you ever fantasized about the future? What do you envision? Is it flying cars or vacation destinations in space? Cupcakes without calories or dustless Cheetos? Whatever it is, it’s nothing like we’re used to, that’s for sure. While it might seem like the earth (and humanity as we know it), is gallivanting, seemingly unaware, toward certain disaster and possible extinction, there are small clues, and glimmers of hope here and there, subtly pointing out that all is not lost. One could argue that MIT is the source of 90% of those clues, but hey, we can’t all be geniuses ensuring a better tomorrow. One of their latest inventions that screams “FUTURE” and assures that if we are to keep going, it’s going to at least be cool, is a Robotic Apartment-in-a-Box. MIT’S LATEST: AN APARTMENT-IN-A-BOX

YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

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Container houses are literally made of trash, you know – the steel containers, most of which originate in China, just aren’t cost-effective to ship back and reuse, so thousands of discarded ones began piling up around port towns.  One day, someone looked at one and said, “I should make this into a house.”  That’s where so many things came from;  someone looked at a piece of trash and said to themselves, “I can work with this.”  (I mean, that’s how most of my relationships started, too.) YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

THIS SELF-CLEANING HOUSE SHOULD’VE BEEN MORE POPULAR THAN THE IPHONE – SO WHY WASN’T IT?

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Photo courtesy: The New York Times

I hate cleaning my house, so I just don’t do it.  That sometimes leads to situations like the time I began sorting through a pile of sweaters on the floor of my bedroom and uncovered a writhing nest of silverfish.  Still, I refuse to clean.  Imagine my surprise when I recently learned there’s a decades-old solution to my problem that no one told me about. THIS SELF-CLEANING HOUSE SHOULD’VE BEEN MORE POPULAR THAN THE IPHONE – SO WHY WASN’T IT?

INVENTION SPOTLIGHT: A SOLAR-POWERED TENT FOR THE HOMELESS

I know, I know – I cover homelessness a lot on the blog. A huge reason for that is because, like it or not (for the record – not), it’s prevalence is undeniable. There are over 500,000 homeless people in the United States. A 2016 survey even found that Washington DC had one of the highest homeless rates of 32 US cities. Yikes. But the reason I keep covering it is because there are more and more people taking a look at this issue and tackling it from new, innovative angles. It’s proof that people rule and 2017 is quite a time to be alive. INVENTION SPOTLIGHT: A SOLAR-POWERED TENT FOR THE HOMELESS