Wood is a ubiquitous part of everyday life. We use it for building materials, furniture, paper and packaging, and as an energy source. By 2019, the global market for furniture and floor coverings is forecast to reach $695 billion. Anything that supports sound sleep will become more popular, which goes in tandem with people monitoring their sleep patterns using apps. Two thirds of consumers globally tell us that getting enough sleep is the route to healthy living.

Thanks to new technology and the improvement of production methods like 3D-printing, you can create very personalized spaces. Innovations such as Microsoft HoloLens-the world’s first self-contained holographic computer enables you to engage with digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you. It could change the way we buy furniture forever. It means that when you touch the surface of an object, small electrical signals can recreate the feel of a particular surface, such as animal fur or human skin. This kind of technology could impact what wood you choose for your table, or what pile you choose for your carpet. Instead of visiting a showroom and then ordering online as we often do now, we’ll be able to explore furniture in the comfort of our own homes. Mass personalization is whirring into action already, with apps such as Tylko, which let you customize designer furniture to suit your specific needs and space.

The latest experiments include the new Voxel 1.0 chair by designers Manuel Jiménez Garcia and Gilles Retsin and a team at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, which is made using new software that creates objects using one continuous line of material, for better efficiency and complex, web-like structures. Thanks to cutting-edge digital knitting technology, the upholstery is knitted in a single, seamless piece comprising 50,000 meters of recyclable nylon, which slots neatly on to a lightweight steel frame, held in place by tensioned sailing rope.

Smart interactive beds are already appearing on the horizon. The Balluga bed, which launched on crowd-funding site Kickstarter last year has an air suspension system that monitors the pressure your body places on different zones of the mattress, adjustable firmness for each side of the bed, a climate control system with streams of air providing independent temperature control for each side, a vibro-massage system, motion-activated LED ambient lighting for when you need to get up in the dark, a built-in sleep-monitoring sensor and even an anti-snoring setting, which has a sound sensor and air suspension to raise or lower your pillow until your snoring stops. All these features can be controlled via an app on your smart phone or tablet. In the future, intelligent, interactive furniture—as well as every aspect of the home environment—is likely to be controlled by a “Smart Home Assistant”, such as Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home system or Google Home hub.


Cutting edge: the newest, most advanced version of a product or service and contrasted with the phrase bleeding edge

Cutting-edge marketing ideas:  that will help you generate a greater number of leads from your advertisements

Cutting-edge technology: technological devices, techniques or achievements that employ the most current and high-level IT developments

Cutting edge research: the research is an exploration on the boundary between the known and the unknown.

Cut vertex: an edge that when removed from a graph creates more components than previously in the graph

Edge Connectivity: The minimum number of edges whose deletion from a graph disconnects, also called the line connectivity as the disconnected graph is 0, while that of a connected graph with a graph bridge is 1.

EDGE: (also known as Enhanced GPRS or EGPRS) is a data system used on top of GSM networks providing nearly three times faster speeds than the outdated GPRS system with the theoretical maximum speed 473 kbps for 8 timeslots but typically limited to 135 kbps in order to conserve spectrum resources

Edge data center: a number of data center providers specialized in providing edge data centers in smaller markets and are not served directly by major providers

Edge tool: any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge) adz, adze – an edge tool used to cut and shape wood

At the cutting edge: at the forefront of technological developments or advancements

Edgy person: someone with multiple tattoos and dozens of piercings

Edgy man: someone who is constantly annoyed, showing rebelliousness or freedom from expectations

Edgy: having sharp or pointed corners, or being irritable, or being unconventional,

Edgy anime: the gory anime that I don’t like

Edgewise: with the edge uppermost or toward the viewer

Edge case: the problem or situation that occurs only at an extreme (maximum or minimum) operating parameter

Edge computing: the method of optimizing applications or cloud computing systems by taking some portion of an application, its data, or services away from one or more central nodes (the “core”) to the other logical extreme (the “edge”) of the Internet which makes contact with the physical world or end users

Edge coloring: no two adjacent edges having the same color

Edge detection: the image processing technique for finding the boundaries of objects within images, used for image segmentation and data extraction in areas such as image processing, computer vision, and machine vision

Edge up: move up or down a little at a time

Edge enhancement: the image processing filter that enhances the edge contrast of an image or video in an attempt to improve its acutance (apparent sharpness). …

Edge effects: the changes in population or community structures that occur at the boundary of two or more habitats.

Edge label: the labels used in the retail industry to display product, pricing, and promotional information in retail environments or to add stock information to shelving units and racking in storage warehouses


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