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Top 100 Science Trends in 2017

From Electrified Running Trainers to Tooth-Regenerating Medications

— January 27, 2018 — Tech
These 2017 science trends range from tooth-regenerating medications to electrified running trainers that help enhance athletic performance and speed while boosting circulation at the same time.

When looking at wearable devices and apparel, FootStriker's electric shock therapy shoes aim to change the way consumers buy fitness gear and rely on the research of scientists to help wearers improve their running technique. Similarly, Coded Couture is an AI-powered fashion brand that creates covetable and custom clothing with the help of an intelligent web program.

Other notable scientific trends from the past year include at-home healthcare innovations like Balanced Body Labs' DIY blood test subscriptions, and Sonova's custom hearing aids which are made to order and crafted using a 3D printer.

Trend Hunter's 2018 trend report reveals even more science trends while helping cover a set of relevant and industry-spanning topics.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Landmine-Detecting Bacteria
Landmine-Detecting Bacteria
Scientists Developed Glowing Bacteria to Find Buried Landmines
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99
Data-Analyzing Browser Extensions
Data-Analyzing Browser Extensions
'Data Selfie' Shows the What Companies Can Learn Based on Data
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98
Urine-Analyzing Postcards
Urine-Analyzing Postcards
'Testcard' Can Determine Whether or Not One Has a UTI
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97
Slumbering Sensor Technology
Slumbering Sensor Technology
The Dormant Novel Sensors Developed for DARPA Use No Standby Power
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96
Aerial Eclipse-Viewing Parties
Aerial Eclipse-Viewing Parties
Southwest Airlines Flights is Hosting Events for the Eclipse
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95
Concussion-Detecting Apps
Concussion-Detecting Apps
The Brightlamp Smart Phone App Can Detect a Concussion in Five Seconds
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94
Insect-Inspired Solar Cells
Insect-Inspired Solar Cells
Stanford Scientists Designed a Solar Panel Cell Modeled After Bug Eyes
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93
Fluorescent Smart Bandages
Fluorescent Smart Bandages
These Smart Glowing Bandages Indicate How a Wound is Healing
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92
Deceptive Virtual Reality Rooms
Deceptive Virtual Reality Rooms
This Mixed Reality Room Comes to Life as You Walk Through It
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91
Electrified Running Trainers
Electrified Running Trainers
FootStriker Uses Electric Shocks to Improve Running Technique
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90
Astronaut Simulation Apps
Astronaut Simulation Apps
NASA 'Science Investigations: Plant Growth' Teaches Crop Growth in Space
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89
Shocking Migraine Treatments
Shocking Migraine Treatments
The 'Nerivio' Armband Can Relieve Migraines Using Electrical Impulses
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88
Skin Cancer-Detecting Algorithms
Skin Cancer-Detecting Algorithms
This Deep Learning Algorithm is as Effective as a Dermatologist
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87
Wound-Healing Gels
Wound-Healing Gels
Vetigel From Cresilon Can Stop Bleeding in a Matter of Seconds in Animals
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86
3D Printed Bone Replacements
3D Printed Bone Replacements
Bone Reconstruction in Landmine Victims is Possible with 3D Printing
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85
Nutrient-Analyzing Blood Tests
Nutrient-Analyzing Blood Tests
Balanced Body Labs Performs Blood Tests to Ensure Optimal Health
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84
High-Resolution 3D Scanners
High-Resolution 3D Scanners
The Fraunhofer IOF Scans 36 High-Resolution 3D Images Per Second
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83
Locally Sourced Building Machines
Locally Sourced Building Machines
The Digital Construction Platform Builds Using the Environment
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82
Smartphone Cancer Screenings
Smartphone Cancer Screenings
The 'BiliScreen' Screens for Jaundice to Detect Pancreatic Cancer
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81
Sustainable Water-Collecting Devices
Sustainable Water-Collecting Devices
This Invention is Used to Harvest Water From the Air to Drink
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80
DIY Biodesign Kits
DIY Biodesign Kits
The Bixels Bio-Pixel Display and DNA Computer Lets You Experiment with DNA
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79
3D-Printed Skin
3D-Printed Skin
Shanghai's JALA Group Created Artificial Skin with Additive Manufacturing
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78
Electronic Skin Interfaces
Electronic Skin Interfaces
Zhenan Bao is a L'Oreal-UNESCO 'For Women in Science' Laureate
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77
Shape-Shifting Noodles
Shape-Shifting Noodles
These Flat-Packed Pastas Morphs into Shapes After Immersed in Water
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76
Water-Cleaning Fruit Waste
Water-Cleaning Fruit Waste
This Treated Citrus Peel Adsorbs Metals and Organic Waste Matter
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75
Hydration-Tracking Wearables
Hydration-Tracking Wearables
Researchers are Developing a Tiny Bluetooth Hydration Tracker
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74
Sensor-Laden Space Boots
Sensor-Laden Space Boots
These Vibrating Boots Use Augmented Reality to Aid Obstacle-Detection
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73
Tooth-Regenerating Drugs
Tooth-Regenerating Drugs
King's College London Researches Discovered How to Regrow Teeth
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72
Bat-Locating Apps
Bat-Locating Apps
The Echo Meter App Helps the General Public Track and Collect Data on Bats
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71
Feminist Constellation Installations
Feminist Constellation Installations
'Unseen Stars' Turned 12 Scientists into Constellations
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70
Burrito-Delivering Drones
Burrito-Delivering Drones
The 'Project Wing' Team Delivered Burritos Via Drones in Rural Australia
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69
Affordable Fertility Start-Ups
Affordable Fertility Start-Ups
'Future Family' Offers Women Affordable Reproductive Alternatives
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68
Spinal Injury Repair Implants
Spinal Injury Repair Implants
This Study at the Mayo Clinic Shows Promise for Paraplegics
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67
Underwater Consumer Drones
Underwater Consumer Drones
The Blueye Pioneer Drone Offers Views 150 Meters Under the Water
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66
Ultra-Heat Resistant Ceramics
Ultra-Heat Resistant Ceramics
This Carbide Ceramic Coating Can Withstand 3000 Degree Temperatures
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65
Sci-Fi Space Station Patches
Sci-Fi Space Station Patches
The 2017 CASIS Mission Patch Features Star Wars Characters
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64
Chic LED-Embedded Dresses
Chic LED-Embedded Dresses
Cute Circuit's Dress Changes Color When a Breath is Taken
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63
AI-Designed Dresses
AI-Designed Dresses
'Coded Couture' by Ivyrevel Incorporates Data Analysis to Tailor Dresses
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62
3D-Printed Airplane Parts
3D-Printed Airplane Parts
Norsk Titanium Has Developed a 3D Printing Process for Titanium Parts
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61
Bio-Sensing Contact Lenses
Bio-Sensing Contact Lenses
These Bio-Sensing Lenses Can Monitor Telltale Signs of Disease
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60
Everyday Martian Gear
Everyday Martian Gear
'The Galactic Everday' is a Set of Designs for Day-to-Day Life on Mars
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59
Autonomous Sun-Seeking Plant Bots
Autonomous Sun-Seeking Plant Bots
The 'Plantoid' Acts Like a Roomba for Your Indoor Plants
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58
Energy-Producing Trees
Energy-Producing Trees
The Faux Cottonwood Tree Generates Wind-Powered Electricity With Its Leaves
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57
Multi-Disciplinary STEM Kits
Multi-Disciplinary STEM Kits
SAM Labs' STEM Kit Can Be Used in Biology or Art Classes
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56
Intelligent Traffic Light Systems
Intelligent Traffic Light Systems
These Traffic Lights Can Be 'Hacked' by the Elderly
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55
Retail Facial Recognition Services
Retail Facial Recognition Services
Walmart is Developing Technology to Detect Unhappy Shoppers
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54
Solar-Powered Paints
Solar-Powered Paints
This Solar House Paint Can Produce Endless Amounts of Clean Energy
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53
Urine-Powered Festival Displays
Urine-Powered Festival Displays
This Year's Glastonbury Festival Produced Energy Using 'Pee-Power'
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52
Advanced Portable Microscopes
Advanced Portable Microscopes
The 'Skop' Microscope Takes Up-Close Looks at Things Anywhere
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51
Cancer-Detecting Surgical Pens
Cancer-Detecting Surgical Pens
The 'MasSpec Pen' Detects Cancerous Tissues Through Touch
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50
Electric Vehicle-Charging Roads
Electric Vehicle-Charging Roads
This Self-Healing Concrete May Have the Ability to Charge Your Car
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49
Hearing Impaired Eyewear Attachments
Hearing Impaired Eyewear Attachments
The 'Peri' Eyeglasses Accessory Translates Noise into Light
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48
Neural Network Training Games
Neural Network Training Games
Google's 'Teachable Machine' Lets Any User Train an AI System
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47
High-Def Low Vision Aids
High-Def Low Vision Aids
IrisVision was Developed by LVS in Partnership with Samsung
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46
Ultra-Strong Lightweight Graphene
Ultra-Strong Lightweight Graphene
MIT's New Structural Graphene Compound is Stronger Than Steel
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45
Aesthetically Functional Spacesuits
Aesthetically Functional Spacesuits
Elon Musk has Revealed an Image of SpaceX's Spacesuit Design
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44
Printed Crime Scene Models
Printed Crime Scene Models
Hong Kong's Police Force Uses 3D Printing to Replicate Crime Scenes
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43
Cooling Insomnia-Preventing Headbands
Cooling Insomnia-Preventing Headbands
The Ebb Insomnia Sends a Cool Blast to Slow Racing Thoughts
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42
Geothermal Heating Start-Ups
Geothermal Heating Start-Ups
Google's 'Dandelion' Will Use the Earth to Heat and Cool Homes
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41
Disease-Detecting Patches
Disease-Detecting Patches
This Tiny Skin Patch Uses Your Sweat To Detect Diseases
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40
DNA-Based Weight Loss Plans
DNA-Based Weight Loss Plans
'Lose It' Creates a Personalized Fitness Plan Based on a Saliva Sample
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39
Intelligent Medical Dressing
Intelligent Medical Dressing
These Smart Bandages are Embedded With Nano Sensor Technology
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38
Virtual Reality Ultrasounds
Virtual Reality Ultrasounds
The Aava Medical Centre and GE Helped to Create a 4D Ultrasound
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37
Supersonic Needle-Free Injections
Supersonic Needle-Free Injections
Portal Instruments' 'Prime' Injects Drugs Using a Jet Stream
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36
Personalized Nutrition Plans
Personalized Nutrition Plans
Habit Reveals Nutrition-Related Biology to Help People Eat Better
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35
COPD-Detecting T-Shirts
COPD-Detecting T-Shirts
This Smart T-Shirt Captures Biometric Data to Diagnose Problems
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34
Anti-Bacterial Door Pads
Anti-Bacterial Door Pads
These Door Pads Disinfect Themselves Every Time They're Pressed
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33
Water-Manipulating LED Lamps
Water-Manipulating LED Lamps
The 'Aquarius' Light Beautifully Fuses Art and Science
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32
Heat-Resistant Popsicles
Heat-Resistant Popsicles
These Sweet Ice Cream Treats Won't Melt in the Sun
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31
3D-Printed Historic Violins
3D-Printed Historic Violins
The ViolinoDigitale Project 3D-Printed a Stradivarius Replica
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30
Origami-Inspired Space Radiators
Origami-Inspired Space Radiators
This Shape-Shifting Radiator Design Uses Folded Paper Techniques
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29
Sleep Training Child Clocks
Sleep Training Child Clocks
Mella by Little Hippo Helps Train a Child to Sleep Through the Night
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28
Florescent Green Beers
Florescent Green Beers
This Green Glowing Beer Was Made with Genetically Modified Yeast
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27
Coffee-Based Construction Materials
Coffee-Based Construction Materials
Scientists are Now Using Spent Coffee Grounds to Make Cement
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26
Science Fiction-Inspired Observatories
Science Fiction-Inspired Observatories
The Troodos Observatory Takes Cues from 'Star Wars'
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25
3D-Printed Hearing Aids
3D-Printed Hearing Aids
Sonova's Custom Hearing Aids are Discreet and Efficiently Made
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24
Autonomous Hotel-Roaming Robots
Autonomous Hotel-Roaming Robots
'Relay' is Japan's Prince Hotel's Newest Bell Boy
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23
Facial Recognition Camouflage
Facial Recognition Camouflage
The HyperFace Project Uses a Complex Image to Fool Software
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22
Futuristic Astronaut Space Suits
Futuristic Astronaut Space Suits
The Boeing Starliner Space Suit Offers Better Range of Motion
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21
CO2-Capturing Plants
CO2-Capturing Plants
The Climeworks Direct Air Capture Technology Draws in CO2
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20
3D-Printed Cheeses
3D-Printed Cheeses
Scientists are Experimenting with Additive Manufacturing and Dairy Products
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19
AR-Infused Teddy Bears
AR-Infused Teddy Bears
Seedling's 'Parker' Teaches Children About Empathy and Problem Solving
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18
Scientific Pop-Up Books
Scientific Pop-Up Books
'This Book is a Planetarium' Offers Fully Functioning Paper Gadgets
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17
3D Plastic Surgery Projections
3D Plastic Surgery Projections
VECTRA Shows What a Procedure Will Look Like on an Individual
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16
Agricultural Crop-Scouting Drones
Agricultural Crop-Scouting Drones
The Parrot Disco-Pro AG Commercial Drones Keep an Eye on Farms
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15
Pollinating Bee Drones
Pollinating Bee Drones
The Ground-Breaking Automated Pollination System B-Droid is a Robotic Bee
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14
Infused Glass Surfboards
Infused Glass Surfboards
'Varial Infused Glass' Makes for Lighter, Stronger Surfboards
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13
Fashion-Forward Space Fabrics
Fashion-Forward Space Fabrics
A New Space Fabric Finds Connections Between Engineering and Fashion
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12
Robotically Wheeled Jewelry
Robotically Wheeled Jewelry
MIT's Living Jewelry Designs Combine Fashion with Function
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11
App-Enabled Children's Toys
App-Enabled Children's Toys
Sphero: SPRK Edition is Teaching Kids of All Ages to Code
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10
3D Glass Printing Innovations
3D Glass Printing Innovations
Scientists Just Developed the Technology to 3D Print in Glass
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9
Bespoke Body Shields
Bespoke Body Shields
This High-Tech Shield Protects Its Owner's Ribcage Post-Surgery
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8
Electric Paint Lamp Kits
Electric Paint Lamp Kits
The Bare Conductive is a User-Friendly DIY Lamp Kit
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7
AR Dentistry Mirrors
AR Dentistry Mirrors
This AR Cosmetic Dentistry Aid Helps Patients Try on Different Smiles
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6
Stylish Space Boots
Stylish Space Boots
The Floatride SB-01s Were Developed by Reebok for Boeing Starliner Astronauts
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5
Ultra-Thin Fuel Cells
Ultra-Thin Fuel Cells
The 'myFC LAMINA Thin Film' Fuel Cell Is Being Unveiled at CES 2017
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4
Floating Water Cities
Floating Water Cities
The Seasteading Institute Unveiled Plans to Build the First Floating City
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3
Healthy Biodegradable Food Packaging
Healthy Biodegradable Food Packaging
This Anti-Microbial Food Packing Material Degrades Naturally
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2
Color-Changing Thermal Sweaters
Color-Changing Thermal Sweaters
Stone Island's 'Ice Knit' Changes Color in the Cold
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1
Customized Eco Homes
Customized Eco Homes
The eXo/nat Concept is a Modern and Adaptable Alternative to Green Living
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