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January 11, 2016
Every Monday, @dwell and @designmilk invite fans and experts on Twitter to weigh in on trending topics in design.

What was your favorite tech innovation of 2015?

@Allie_Weiss: Smart security systems like Canary are much more affordable than traditional alarm systems.

@jordanrcrook: My favorite innovation of 2015 was better voice recognition technology. Ex. Amazon Echo, improved Siri, Google Now.

@wirecutter: CES 2016 had an overwhelming parade of IoT stuff — the missing link is what'll tie it all together. 

Originally appeared in A Smart Security System Tailored to Renters
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São Paulo apartment dining room with local wood floors and HAY chairs

Which appliances do you think will be next to connect in the smart home?

@thisisheatherc: TVs were among the first applicances to get connected, but I think we'll keep seeing them evolve as the hub of the house. 

@wirecutter: Which appliances won't connect would be more the question—it seems that almost everything is fair game now. 

@ZacharyEdelson: Hopefully, windows/building envelopes: technology that uses outside air to efficiently regulate interior temp/air quality.

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signage for new york city WalkNYC program by Pentagram

From self-driving cars to drones, how is tech changing our relationship to the built environment?

@wirecutter: This is such a big one — access to mapping has already transformed everything, for better and worse.

@LetUsSuppose: Self-driving cars will dramatically free up space in cities—roads will be smaller and parking far more efficient.

@ZacharyEdelson: It's automating it: drones, homes, cars, all operate without our input. It's infrastructure disappearing to the background.

Originally appeared in How New York City Developed its Wayfinding Signage
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Dojo home security device

How can we better safeguard our privacy and security in a connected world?

@moorefriesl: We need to be actively engaged with our technology, continuously learning.

@thisisheatherc: The conversation itself is key! To paraphrase Ben Franklin: Those who sacrifice privacy for convenience deserve neither.

Originally appeared in A Sculptural Pebble-Shaped Device that Protects Against Smart Home Hacks
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WeMo Coffee app for smartphone.

What's one gadget you couldn't live without? Why?

@jordanrcrook: Easiest question. My iPhone. It is the epicenter of connection: business, personal, everything in between.

@modernindenver: Not new, but we use our Nest thermostat daily and would be lost without it!

@wirecutter: Beyond the smartphone, accounts (Google, Apple, etc) that make individual devices less important.

 

Originally appeared in Stay in Bed a Little Longer and Brew Your Coffee from Your Smartphone
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Pool gallery Seoul

What are some tech trends you anticipate will take off in 2016?

@SomfyUS: Smart glass could be the future, allowing us to take fuller advantage of our windows.

@wirecutter: I think we'll see an early leader in smart home connectivity, though again, it'll be the Friendster, not the Facebook. 

@jordanrcrook: Augmented reality and virtual reality will dominate 2016. Better question: which will win?

@SuperInteriors: Interior Design programs with high quality 3D graphics will show texture, reflection of light, sunlight patterns, etc.

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What was your favorite tech innovation of 2015?

@Allie_Weiss: Smart security systems like Canary are much more affordable than traditional alarm systems.

@jordanrcrook: My favorite innovation of 2015 was better voice recognition technology. Ex. Amazon Echo, improved Siri, Google Now.

@wirecutter: CES 2016 had an overwhelming parade of IoT stuff — the missing link is what'll tie it all together. 

Mike Berk of @wirecutter and @jordanrcrook of TechCrunch joined #ModernMonday this week to discuss tech and gadgetry. Check out a few of our favorite responses, and use the hashtag #ModernMonday to join the conversation next week at 1pm EST / 10am PST.

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