Retrofitting an existing home with so-called "Internet of Things" gadgets isn’t cheap, but with the right tools you can hack cloud functionality into your dumb appliances. littleBits is an ever-growing library of small electronic modules that easily connect together. Created by Ayah Bdeir, it started as a tool to help designers incorporate electronics into the prototyping process. Today, it’s much more than that. Think of them as Lego bricks for the iPad generation.
A Chinese construction company by the name of WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. recently completed work on a 11,840-square-foot dwelling as well as what appears to be a five story apartment tower, both of which were 3D printed from scratch.