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Top 100 Tech Trends of 2016

From Selfie-Taking Soda Bottles to Levitating Cloud Speakers

— January 28, 2017 — Tech
Even by the standards of someone from just a few years in the past, the 2016 tech trends would seem ridiculously futuristic. Technologies that as recently as five years ago were in their most nascent stages have become full-fledged trends over the past year, with competitive industries arising to capitalize on them.

Transportation is one of the areas that has benefited the most from technological advancements recently. As public interest in sustainability and ecologically friendly transport has risen, designers and inventors have found ways to satisfy these desires. One interesting example is the Electron Wheel, which can convert any bicycle into an e-bike, helping riders to go further on their bicycles without having to burn harmful fuel.

Interestingly, another 2016 tech trend has been in the field of fitness. Though, in theory, fitness is all about simply using and moving one's body, wearables and other devices have arisen to help people measure their fitness activities with more precision.

As our FREE 2017 Trend Report shows, these trends show no signs of abating in the future.
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Activity
Freshness
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Restaurant Concierge Apps
Restaurant Concierge Apps
The Ritual App Makes Everyday Purchases Easy and Extraordinary
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99
Functional Commuter Scooters
Functional Commuter Scooters
The 'GiGi' Electric Folding Scooter is Easy to Ride and Transport
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98
Chromatic LED Sneakers
Chromatic LED Sneakers
The Electric Styles LED High-Top Shoes Feature Illuminated Soles
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97
Watertight Smartwatch Cases
Watertight Smartwatch Cases
This Catalyst Apple Watch Case from CES 2016 Enhances Protection
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96
Construction Brand Smartphones
Construction Brand Smartphones
The CAT S60 Smartphone is a Strong Device with Plenty of Features
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95
Bespoke Sound Systems
Bespoke Sound Systems
The YAR 'B-yond' Advanced Audio System is for Discerning Audiophiles
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94
Wireless Charging Devices
Wireless Charging Devices
This Device Uses Radio Waves to Charge Smartphones
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93
Reductive Handset Designs
Reductive Handset Designs
The Ophone Is Stripped Down to the Basics to Refocus Energy Elsewhere
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92
Food-Printing Restaurants
Food-Printing Restaurants
'Food Ink.' from byFlow is a Pop-Up 3D Printing Restaurant in Europe
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91
High-Performance Phone Lenses
High-Performance Phone Lenses
This 'Zeiss ExoLens' Partnership Was Officially Unveiled at CES 2016
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90
Device-Charging Backpacks
Device-Charging Backpacks
This Modern Backpack Keeps Your Electronic Gadgets Juiced Up
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89
Wireless Streaming Headphones
Wireless Streaming Headphones
The Asome Module Uses Bluetooth to Listen and Stream Music
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88
Ergonomic Bicycle Designs
Ergonomic Bicycle Designs
Paolo de Giusti's Modern Bicycle Toys with Wheel-Ratio Ergonomics
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87
3D Fashion Projects
3D Fashion Projects
This Project Will Create Streamlined Processes For Crafting 3D-Printed Fashion
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86
Ethereal Smart Gowns
Ethereal Smart Gowns
Intel's Intelligent Dress Displays Breathtaking Fluttering Butterflies
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85
Connected Technology Investors
Connected Technology Investors
HIGHLINE is a Flexible VC Firm That Invests in Goal-Driven Startups
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84
Droplet Digital Cameras
Droplet Digital Cameras
This Curved Camera is Functionally and Ergonomically Enhanced
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83
Virtual Reality Girlfriends
Virtual Reality Girlfriends
This VR Service Provides Users with a Realistic Romantic Experience
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82
Smart Bottle Openers
Smart Bottle Openers
These Unique Bottle Openers Share Your Drinking Status with Friends
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81
Discreet Security Cameras
Discreet Security Cameras
The Kuna Toucan Device Can Be Attached to Walls and Lighting Fixtures
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80
Cuisine-Enhancing Farm Boxes
Cuisine-Enhancing Farm Boxes
The U-ING Hydroponic Grow System Keeps Fresh Herbs Constantly Growing
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79
Powerful Water Jet Engines
Powerful Water Jet Engines
The SCUBAJET Supplies Aquatic Equipment with More Speed
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78
Non-Invasive Diabetes Wearables
Non-Invasive Diabetes Wearables
Glucowear by Malvin Gonzales Checks Glucose Levels Comfortably
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77
Self-Powered Trolleybus Gardens
Self-Powered Trolleybus Gardens
This Piezoelectric Architecture Merges Design & Sustainability
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76
Knit 3D-Printed Shoes
Knit 3D-Printed Shoes
JS Shoes Manufactures with 3D Printing and Automated Knitting Machines
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75
Locating Anime Monster Maps
Locating Anime Monster Maps
The Poke Radar Shows Pokemon Go Players Where the Best are Hidden
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74
Autonomous Taxi Drones
Autonomous Taxi Drones
The '184 Drone' Made Its Debut at CES 2016
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73
Sneaky Smartphone Camera Cases
Sneaky Smartphone Camera Cases
The 'COVR Photo' Smartphone Photography Case Snaps Covert Pics
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72
Futuristic Auto Cockpits
Futuristic Auto Cockpits
Peugeot's i-Cockpit Transforms Vehicular Control and Interior Appearance
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71
Intuitive Ergonomic Wheelchairs
Intuitive Ergonomic Wheelchairs
The 'Ogo' Wheelchair Design Doesn't Require Users to Use Arms
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70
Futuristic Smart Bikes
Futuristic Smart Bikes
These Futuristic Bikes Have Wheels That Light Up at Night
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69
Euphoria-Promoting Beds
Euphoria-Promoting Beds
This Dry Bed Provides the Sensation of Floating without Getting Wet
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68
Sleek Connected Air Conditioners
Sleek Connected Air Conditioners
The 'Noria' Window Air Conditioner Can be Controlled via an App
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67
Flexible Paper-Thin Displays (UPDATE)
Flexible Paper-Thin Displays (UPDATE)
The Bendable LG Display Made Its Debut at Ces 2016
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66
E-Bike Conversion Accessories
E-Bike Conversion Accessories
The TranzX Works is a Sleek Battery that Turns Bikes into E-Bikes
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65
Cord-Organizing Outlet Covers
Cord-Organizing Outlet Covers
The 'Loop' is a Cord Keeper for Encompassing Electrical Outlets
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64
Rugged Smartwatch Protectors
Rugged Smartwatch Protectors
The SUPCASE Apple Watch Case Protector Provides a Rugged Finish
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63
Slim Power Banks
Slim Power Banks
These Portable Power Banks Are Highly Convenient
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62
Online Gaming Workout Bikes
Online Gaming Workout Bikes
Zwift Provides a Cycling Workout with a Video Game Twist
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61
Anti-Drone Bazookas
Anti-Drone Bazookas
The SkyWall 100 Net Bazooka Offers Enhanced Airspace Control
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60
Wraparound LCD Displays
Wraparound LCD Displays
This Flexible LCD Display Can Be Wrapped Around Your Wrist
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59
Ultracompact Smart Scooters
Ultracompact Smart Scooters
This Foldable Scooter Weighs Only 4 kg But Boasts Fast Travel
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58
Compactly Versatile Multi-Tools
Compactly Versatile Multi-Tools
The MSTR Key Multi-Tool Offers 20 Different Tools In One Package
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57
Personal Wind Turbines
Personal Wind Turbines
The 'Binopterus' Provides Wind Power Generation Even at Low Wind Speeds
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56
Modern Modular TVs
Modern Modular TVs
This Deconstructible Screen Guarantees a Longer Life for the Electronic Device
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55
Hi-Tech Playable Furniture
Hi-Tech Playable Furniture
The Ludi Table Boasts a Digital Surface for Physical Gaming
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54
Minimalist Metallic Wallets
Minimalist Metallic Wallets
Grovemade's Minimalist Wallet Offers an Anodized Aluminum Outer Shell
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53
Fitness-Tracking Mirrors
Fitness-Tracking Mirrors
The Naked 3D Fitness Tracker Helps Users Visualize Body Changes
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52
Free-Rotation VR Pods
Free-Rotation VR Pods
The Rotating Krush Moveo Simulation Pod is Showing Off At CES 2016
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51
Circular Coffee Machines
Circular Coffee Machines
This Coffee Machine Concept Was Inspired by Dyson
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50
Titanium Phone Protectors
Titanium Phone Protectors
This Bank-Breaking Phone Bumper Gives Your iPhone Ultimate Protection
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49
Multi-Functional Kitchen Appliances
Multi-Functional Kitchen Appliances
The Whirpool Levita Aims to Make Cooking More Convenient
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48
Detailed 3D Selfies
Detailed 3D Selfies
The Printing House Launches 3D Printed Self Portraits
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47
Heartbeat-Sensing Rings
Heartbeat-Sensing Rings
The 'HB Ring' Allows Wearers to Feel the Pulse of Their Loved Ones
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46
Weather-Resistant Electric Bikes
Weather-Resistant Electric Bikes
This Electric Eco Bike Aims to Solve Pollution Issues in Cities
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45
Autonomous Motorcycle Designs
Autonomous Motorcycle Designs
The BMW Motorrad Concept Z Can Drive without Driver Intervention
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44
Bioluminescence Night Lights
Bioluminescence Night Lights
The 'LUME' Lighting Solution Provides Natural Illumination
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43
Power Exchange Device Plugs
Power Exchange Device Plugs
The 'STROMR' Power Exchange Cable Transfers Files and Electricity
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42
Levitating Smartphone Chargers
Levitating Smartphone Chargers
The OvRcharge Dock Rotates to Wirelessly Reboot Cellphones
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41
Recycled Virtual Reality Viewers
Recycled Virtual Reality Viewers
Coca-Cola Provides 3 Hands-On Options for Eco-Conscious Techies
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40
Selfie-Taking Soda Bottles
Selfie-Taking Soda Bottles
This Coca-Cola Bottle Captures the Special Moment of Sipping Coke
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39
Interactive Dog Bones
Interactive Dog Bones
The Gobone is Designed to Play with Pets When Its Owners are Away
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38
Smart Kitchen Islands
Smart Kitchen Islands
This Smart Island Concept Simplifies the Cooking Process
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37
Self-Watering Connected Gardens
Self-Watering Connected Gardens
The Taiga Tower is a Smart Home Garden Ideal for Any Space
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36
Intuitive Dinosaur Toys
Intuitive Dinosaur Toys
The CogniToys Dino Combines Fun and Learning in a High-Tech Way
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35
Underwater Drone Concepts
Underwater Drone Concepts
The 'Remote Operated Vehicle' is a Camera-Mounted Submarine Drone
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34
Plastic Bottle-Recycling Cutters
Plastic Bottle-Recycling Cutters
This Plastic Bottle Cutter Turns Waste into Usable Materials
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33
Connected Smart Shoes
Connected Smart Shoes
The Digitsole Smartshoe at CES 2016 is Designed for Men and Women Alike
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32
DIY LED Accent Lights
DIY LED Accent Lights
The 'mylight.me' LED Closet Lighting Kit Enables Soft Illumination Anywhere
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31
Compact Ring Tasers
Compact Ring Tasers
The 'Sting Ring' Handheld Stun Gun is a Discreet Self-Defense Device
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30
Cancer-Detection Apps
Cancer-Detection Apps
The Dermofit App Assists Early Stage Skin Cancer Detection Efforts
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29
Electric Bike Conversion Wheels
Electric Bike Conversion Wheels
The Electron Wheel Turns Any Bike into an Electric Bike
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28
Live-Streaming Aquatic Cameras
Live-Streaming Aquatic Cameras
The 'FanCam' Fishing Camera Offers a Real-Time View into the Water
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27
Health-Monitoring Patches
Health-Monitoring Patches
The 'BioStamp' Premiered at CES 2016
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26
Night Vision Smartphone Lenses
Night Vision Smartphone Lenses
Snooperscope Lets Users See in the Dark While Hunting or Fishing
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25
Multi-Terrain Electric Bikes
Multi-Terrain Electric Bikes
The Super 73 Electric Cruiser Bike is Designed for the Urban Rider
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24
Modular Wooden Tech Desks
Modular Wooden Tech Desks
'Deskbloks' Enable Users to Build a Desk to Their Exact Needs
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23
Portable Lunchbox Ovens
Portable Lunchbox Ovens
'HeatsBox' Warms Up Home-Cooked Food for Lunches
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22
Fire-Starting Survival Watches
Fire-Starting Survival Watches
The Ascent Survivor Was Made to Keep Crucial Tools Close By
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21
Smart Grocery Concepts
Smart Grocery Concepts
Coop Italia Imagines a Supermarket of the Future Powered by Microsoft
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20
Levitating Cloud Speaker Lights
Levitating Cloud Speaker Lights
'Making Weather' Plays Music and Creates a Natural Light Show
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19
Strap-On Sneaker Wheels
Strap-On Sneaker Wheels
The New Strap-on Jetts Turn Any Pair of Shoes into Rolling Footwear
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18
Streamlined Electric Bike Concepts
Streamlined Electric Bike Concepts
This Bike Features an Electric Motor System and a Carbon Frame
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17
Breath-Storing Scuba Devices
Breath-Storing Scuba Devices
The 'M1' Underwater Breathing Device Extends Time Beneath the Surface
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16
Futuristic Levitating Drinkware
Futuristic Levitating Drinkware
This Flying Cup Defies Gravity
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15
Efficient Home Renovation Tools
Efficient Home Renovation Tools
The Dremel Hyper-Oscillating Tool Features Interchangeable Heads
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14
In-Store Immersion Pods
In-Store Immersion Pods
The Bompas & Parr 'Taste Pod' Debuted a Thorntons Store in London
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13
Optical Open-Source Telescopes
Optical Open-Source Telescopes
This Tracking Telescope Was Made Using a Raspberry Pi Computer
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12
Hybrid Tablet Tables
Hybrid Tablet Tables
The CROSS2DESIGN Smart Table Adjusts to Satisfy Different Needs
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11
All-In-One Fitness Equipment
All-In-One Fitness Equipment
The 'Move It' Device Helps Consumers Exercise at Home
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10
Interactive Nature-Themed Tables
Interactive Nature-Themed Tables
The 'Starry Sea' Table Was Inspired by the Caribbean Sea
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9
Luxury Car Digital Experiences
Luxury Car Digital Experiences
This Bentley Digital Experience Took Over an Amsterdam Hotel
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8
Flip-Top Vehicle Campers
Flip-Top Vehicle Campers
The Habitat Converts Your Toyota Tacoma Into A Proper Expedition Vehicle
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7
Cinematic Sleep Sanctuaries
Cinematic Sleep Sanctuaries
This Hi-Tech Bed is Equipped with a Built-In Projector and Audio
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6
Luxurious Weightless Chairs
Luxurious Weightless Chairs
The Elysium Chair was Developed by a Bioengineering Professor
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5
Multi-Purpose Transforming Bags
Multi-Purpose Transforming Bags
The OWLBAG Changes Shape to Meet Your Every Need
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4
Collapsible Electric Scooters
Collapsible Electric Scooters
The 'Xcooter' is Set to Be Unveiled at CES 2016
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3
DIY Augmented Reality Books
DIY Augmented Reality Books
This Augmented Reality Book Requires No Apps or Special Glasses to Use
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2
Wearable Brand Activations
Wearable Brand Activations
This Fit Bit Event Invited People to Try Its Obstacle Course
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1
Self-Building Concrete Blocks
Self-Building Concrete Blocks
The Block ARMO System Consists of Specially Shaped Concrete Blocks
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