The Future of Travel Might Be Smart Luggage

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Whether or not you've ever lost a bag while traveling, you almost certainly have heard horror stories of travelers arriving at their destination without any of their essentials. As if that weren't bad enough, airline baggage fees make checking bags even more frustrating. Unfortunately, sometimes it's hard to avoid checking bags because your suitcase is too heavy.

The new Bluesmart luggage system combines the power of technology with luggage so you can travel more securely and more efficiently. The bag has a built-in scale so you can ensure you never exceed carry-on weight no matter what airline you fly with. 

And that's not the only benefit of the Bluesmart. It also features a TSA-approved master key lock. The sensor can also tell you if your bag leaves a pre-determined radius so you know if someone else accidentally grabs your bag and stay secure if you do end up having to check your bag. The tech-friendly suitcase features three layers of polycarbonate and anodized aluminum that will protect laptops, phones and tablets, and a great flap design makes storing laptops and tablets simple -and TSA checkpoints a lot quicker and simpler.

The Bluetooth connectivity app is available for iOS and Android. Worried your phone might die during the flight? Don't worry, the bag features a built-in battery pack that can charge up to two devices at once.

The bag is also equipped with a handle and wheels so you can pull and push your bag everywhere you need to go without worrying about the spokeless wheels. You can pre-purchase your own for $235 at Indiegogo in advance of the July 2015 release.

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The New Dyson Humidifier Seeks To Clean Your Air While Adding Moisture

Winter is known for being particuarly dry and for being the peak season for colds and flus. A humidifier can help both conditions, but the devices are also ripe sources for bacterial growth -putting people with dry skin, dried out nostrils and the sick with a dangerously high chance of catching an infection. 

Dyson, who has already revolutionized the vacuum game is now introducing a new take on the humidifier, by adding in a UV sanitizing light that kills 99.9% of all bacteria in the water before it is added to the air. The inventor says his device is the first humidifier to use UV technology to kill bacteria before it is circulated into the air, making it the most hygenic design on the market. 

"The problem with current humidifiers are that they harbour nasty bacteria which when the machine is turned on, is then blown around the room," Dyson said. "Experts say it’s actually more dangerous to breathe in this bacteria than drink it!"

The Dyson humidifier can hold an impressive three liters, so you will no won't need to refill it constantly like many other humidifiers. The machine can run 18 hours without a refill and even has a built-in sleep timer so you can save electricity when you aren't using it.

A humidity and temperature guage can automatically adjust the humidification level, but the device also has a manual control that can be operated with a remote control. The humidity can even be turned all the way off, allowing the humidifier to operate like a traditional fan, so it can be used year round.

The humidifier was released to the Japanese market yesterday and will be introduced to the UK next year. No release date has been announced for the US as of yet.

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MFRMGR Makes Cubicles That Feel Cozy

There are very few people in this world who actually enjoy cubicles. They are all at once too public and too closed in. They make us feel shut off from co-workers while still feeling like we have no privacy. Worst of all, even when we cover the walls and desks with mementos, nick knacks and photos, the cubicle still feels cold and soulless. But MFRMGR just might change all that with the brilliant cubicle designs they created for Warsaw-based company Decerto.

Decerto wanted their employees to have personal spaces that didn't feel cold and closed off like traditional cubicles, hoping that something a little homely could result in increased productivity. To achieve these goals, MFRMGR created mini-cabins that stretch to the ceiling, providing ample privacy for workers. At the same time, the cubicles are fitted with windows so workers can look out and see what's going on around them, enjoy natural light, converse with those passing by and even store toys and plants on their windowsills. 

The exterior of the cabins is covered in plaster and paint to further sell the illusion and the walls are covered in mirrors to make the entire space seem like a full village with streets and houses galore.

Inside, the wood-lined cabins are fitted with carpet, shelves and even closets to make them feel even more homely. 

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This Penguin Can Make Your Swiffer Fun

Few of us actually enjoy chores, but if you use a Swiffer or other floor wipe, this adorable little accessory can make cleaning the floor a little more cheerful. The plush penguin doesn't just look cute, it also helps store extra pads and other cleaning supplies in his playful belly.

If you're absolutely in love with the critter but don't use a Swiffer-style cleaner, you can also use the penguin to cover your tissue box cover -though then you'll miss getting to see him slide on his belly along your floor while you clean.

Designed and sold by Japanese retailer Felissimo, the cute cover can be yours for only $33 -plus international shipping charges. The penguin is only one of the many precious household products available in Felissimo's You + More line that also includes great animal items like this cuddly bear pillow, this adorable lap heater and this bedding set that lets you pretend to be a panda in the circus while you sleep. 

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Alex de Witte's Beautiful Bubble Lights

For all those kids that just couldn't take their eyes off the floating, wobbling bubbles, these lights are a great way to enjoy that sensation as an adult. The Bubble Lights by Alex de Witte are a whimsicle, fun way to light up your space. 

His original set, called The Big Bubble, was only available in clear glass and sizes from 35 to 41 inches. His more recent version, The Big Bubble Coloured Edition is the same size, but available in a fun array of colors. All of the suspended childhood treasures are made from hand blown glass. 

The clever creations have won first place for best product at Design District Amsterdam 2013, The Design Plus award 2014 and the Red Dot design award 2014.

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This Black Glass House Serves As A Mirror to Its Surroundings

This house in Redberry Grove, London was only completed earlier this year, but you can get it for yourself over on The Modern House. Located on a quiet street overlooking a protected forested area, the house is clad in opaque black glass, which allows it to dramatically reflect its stunning natural surroundings. 

Architect Ian McChesney designed the four-bedroom home and the surrounding greenery so they would work well with one another. The landscape features two mature, rare Turkey Oaks that provide large, warm contrasts to the cool, reflective exterior of the home.

The living room features high ceilings and full-height windows on three sides, ensuring residents have an incredible view as well as ample natural lighting. On those cool winter days, the silver wood-burning stove provides warmth as well as it provides a beautiful centerpiece in the room throughout the year. Of course, with under-floor heating throughout the home, you won't need to rely on a fire to keep your toes warm.

The kitchen is divided from the living room with double sliding pocket doors that allow for an open-floor plan when you want it and a separate space when you need it. This system allows for an incredible entertaining space, especially when you take into account the large, pond-side terrace accessed directly from the dining area. 

An oak staircase lit from above and lined with glass along the sides leads the way to the second story and the living quarters, each of which features a brilliant view of the woodlands outside.

The property is green inside and out -receiving a four star sustainability rating for its impressive energy efficiency.

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20+ Ways to Decorate Your Table For A Halloween Dinner Party

We already covered how to make your house the scariest on the block, but if you're having people over for a spooky dinner party you need to consider how to decorate the interior as well. These centerpieces and place settings are a great way to set the holiday spirit without making your guests lose their appetites.

Deranged Centerpiece

If you're looking for something that's sort of pretty but still pretty creepy, look no further than this Martha Stewart how-to. A black vase with white roses crawling with critters is an eye-catching display that will shock and awe your guests. For a little color, you could even add a few bloody paint splatters to the roses before adding your creepy crawlies.

A Mossy Grave

When you want to go for an organic dead look, a few plastic bones, white pumpkins and Spanish moss can create a beautiful, but eerie centerpiece as Gwen Moss demonstrates.

Jar of Bones

Love the look of Gwen Moss' centerpiece but hate having it spill out over the table? Then contain the moss, bones and pumpkins in a glass vase like Simply Just Lovely has here.

Carved Mini Pumpkins

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The Spookiest Chair This Side of Halloweentown

We've already showed you how to create a creepy household for Halloween, but if you're one of those people who celebrates the holiday all year, this Coppelius chair is a great place to spook up your space.

Unlike the skull chair we previously featured, this cool and creepy accent piece is subtle, inviting visitors to sit down and relax on its warm wooden seat. It's only when the chair is perfectly lit from the back that you notice the imposing silhouette of a snarling monster.

Yaara Derkel of the Bazelel Academy of Arts and Design strove to incorporate feelings of familiarity and comfort in a design that also reflects our fear of the dark and unknown. The decision to use a wooden chair to express these dueling emotions was a good one, given that wooden chairs are so common we often take their styling for granted -making it easier for her to sneak in the hidden monsterous shadow without raising suspicion in the viewer.

In fact, the creepy silhouette is so subtle, it possible someone could own the chair for years without ever actually observing the intentionally dark figure hidden in the design.

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The Ukraine Apartment With Living Walls

One of the biggest drawbacks of apartment living is the disconnect from nature. Few apartments provide residents with a yard or growins space of their own and many lack vegetation alltogeter. But this apartment in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine brings the outside in with green living walls lining the kitchen and living room area.

Designed by SVOYA Studio, the light-filled apartment contrasts the vertical gardens with floor to ceiling wooden boards lining the room across from the greenery. Designers took inspiration from the apartment's views of the River Dnipro as they strove to create a comfortable space that combines modern and vintage decor.

Despite the apartment's obvious city setting, the wood and greenery make the apartment feel like a relaxing, natural setting -a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle outside.

The bedrooms feature simple, design with minimal color use, ensuring they are relaxing spaces while still making residents long for the more comfortable, natural setting in the common areas.

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This Lakefront Home Provides Kids And Adults With Their Own Space

The best homes always provide at least some amount of personal space for all residents, but few designers go beyond adding bedrooms and perhaps a playroom for children. Alfonso Architects designed this beautiful lakefront home in Tampa specifically to provide both the two adults and the two kids with their own areas.

The 6,200 square foot residence has totally divided the property between adult socialization and living spaces from children's activity spaces and bedrooms. Guests can enter the home through the east side of the house that is both modern and welcoming with stone walls, a wooden door and metal accents framing the ample windows along the side of the structure.

Inside, the more adult spaces feature light wooden floors contrasted against black accents, white ceilings and clear glass walls. The living room features a double-height ceiling with windows stretching from the ground up, making the massive space  feel like it's open to the world -and part of the oak tree grove outside. 

Mature oak trees line the edges of the property as the home overlooks White Trout Lake, with all three of the sides bordered by trees fitted with a low line of windows to maximize the natural light in the home. The pool is stretched out on the fourth side of the home and accented with a pool house that matches the materials and style of the main house.

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