Urban gardening on the edge

Here’s an article about creative use of window space to garden for those who have no balcony or access to a gardening plot.

This crafty design turns a window into a personal garden site.  The shutter moves like a drawbridge with cords allowing plants access to the sun and can be pulled back during the night to bring the plants back inside.  This is container gardening with an edge–or should I say near a ledge?

Check out the article and photos here:  http://www.good.is/post/room-with-a-view-window-shutter-as-micro-urban-garden/

Just make sure the contraption is secure or pedestrians below might not be too happy!

For those lazy mornings? A bed that makes itself.

This may be handy for those lazy Sunday mornings.  A bed that makes itself (while we just watch?)!

Spanish furniture maker OHEA has an automated mechanical bed that will do your bed-making chore for you.


Check out this article and a video demo:  http://mashable.com/2012/06/08/smart-bed/

What will we think of next?  Perhaps a mechanism to floss our teeth while we’re asleep.
I think it would be rather freaky if the bed’s safety device and settings malfunctioned and started making itself in the middle of the night with folks in it!

Would you get something like this?
Slowly but surely, we’re minimizing all physical labour and moving for day-to-day activities.

Livin’ la vida automatic!


A student’s whacky experiment in automated dorm living.
It’s called the B.R.A.D. (Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm).

This goes beyond clapping to turn off the lights folks.  This is Derek Low’s dorm room at the University of California at Berkeley.  He’s transformed the room with motion sensors, remote switches and apps to manage his room’s settings.

Now, did he spend a bunch of time putting this all together instead of studying and doing his homework? Ha!

The romantic mode setting and emergency party mode setting are hilarious!