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Today's Smart House

July/August 2015,
Vol. 15
Issue 07
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Everything You Need to Know About Home Automation
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Exclusive Photo Tour: See How a Respected Audio Company Manufactures Its Signature Amplifiers

McIntosh Laboratory, long revered by audiophiles, maintains a dedication to American manufacturing.

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Remember the Walkman? These Photos of Retro Sony Electronics Are a Blast from the Past

Celebrating six decades of innovation with a retrospective tome of Sony’s greatest hits.

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On a Peaceful Wooded Lot, a Futuristic Toronto Home is Buzzing with Smart Tech

In a leafy Toronto neighborhood, a Cor-Ten–clad family home is wired for the future.

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A Cramped Montreal Quadruplex Becomes One Timeless Home

This family opens up an old structure and imagines a long-term house.

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This Elegant Router Inspired by Eero Saarinen Will Declutter Your Desk

Elevating the world of wi-fi, in both function and appearance.

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DIY Electronics Company Aims to Turn Even the Least Savvy Users Into Smart Tech Wizards

Through her company littleBits, MIT-trained engineer Ayah Bdeir turns humble objects into remote-controlled, Internet-connected tweeting machines.

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Almost Every Part of this Prefab Beach House Was Brought to its Secluded Site by Hand

With a helicopter and a little elbow grease, a prefab escape arrives at a remote New Zealand beach.

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You Can Now Buy a Minimalist Toaster, Rice Cooker, and Kettle from Japanese Retailer Muji

Naoto Fukasawa’s new line of kitchen appliances for Muji embodies subtle sophistication.

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From Vinyl to Streaming, An Audio Expert Takes Us Through More Than 100 Years of Sound Tech

Sound and vision coalesce to create the ultimate acoustic experiences.

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14 Awesome Vintage and Contemporary Speakers That Tell the Story of Modern Audio

Check out iconic audio designs through the years, from phonographs to wireless speakers.

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An Architect Lost His Sight and Kept Working Thanks to Breakthrough Technologies for the Blind

As one of the few blind practicing architects in the world, Chris Downey occupies a unique place in design.

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The Five Best Audio Products on the Market Today

From turntables to speakers, these products turn the listening experience up to 11.

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This Homeowner Manages His House from Anywhere

In Napa, a custom menu of apps helps a frequent traveler keep track of security—and his garden—from afar.

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Everything You Need to Know About Security in the Age of Smart Homes

It’s no longer sufficient simply to lock your front door and close your windows before leaving your house.

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A Custom, LED-Lit Slide Twists Through This Family-Friendly Vacation Home

A young family builds a Wyoming retreat filled with playful details from top to bottom.

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Smart Home Experts Help You Decide What Tech You Need, and What's Just Bells and Whistles

Savvy advice from home automation experts on better livability through technology.

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Instagram Account We Love: Colorful Architecture Snapshots of Cities

Matthias Heiderich (@massju), a photographer based in Hamburg, Germany, composes pastel-toned architectural snapshots that capture the sculptural, geometric side of cityscapes.

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This Super Smart, Super Green Prefab May Be the Future of Suburban Living

The architecture firm superkül and home builder Great Gulf create a prefab with a self-regulating indoor climate.

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Rolling Hills and Smart Technology are the Perfect Match

This vacation home fosters connectivity in every sense of the word.

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A Getaway That's Easy to Maintain (While Looking Incredible)

Robust materials and a flexible floor plan help the owners of an Australian vacation home reap maximum rewards.

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This Futuristic Prefab in Spain Has All the High-Tech Gizmos of a Spaceship

A sci-fi-inspired prefab with an efficient edge is grounded in real-world technology.

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A Fly-Down Warning Device, and Other Hilarious Smart Tech Ideas from an Artist

British artist and designer Dominic Wilcox illustrates inventive—and admittedly outlandish—ways technology can potentially streamline our lives.

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These Simply Stunning Acoustic Panels Have Neat Lighting and Audio Add-Ons

In its constant push to design highly functional and handsomely restrained modern furniture, the Italian company

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This Impressively Accessible Home Has a Tower That Can Be Reached by Wheelchair

A Baltimore father builds a house with accessibility in mind—and finds a new calling in the process.

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Editor's Highlights from Dwell's First-Ever Issue Dedicated to Smart Technology

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's July/August 2015 issue.

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