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Five things to do - 12th January

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Vegitecture - Organised photos - More architecture predictions - 3D scanning - a very swanky lawnmower

Veg out

Ken Yeang seems to be the current king Vegitect. It's true that Michael Sorkin first used the word 'vegitecture' in a 1979 article about a theoretical style called architecture minceur. Yes – it is confusing, but here is one line straight into the heart of the issue.

Get organised

You've been on your hols, taken hundreds of photos of great architecture. But the pressing problem is that you can't remember whether it was Berne or Basel where that knockout building was. Step out the MOBVIS team. The European researchers are developing technology which will soon automatically caption all the photos you take of buildings.

Read more architectural predictions

The papers have been full of authors pimping potential blockbusters for 2009. Here's Archinect pimping architect and journalist predictions for the architectural year ahead.

Get scanning

Everybody, even in these straitened times, needs a desktop 3D scanner. Especially when it's only $3,000 from NextEngine and outputs to such as 3ds Max, Rhino, SolidWorks and ZBrush – and some 3D printers..

Buy a new lawnmower

You've all got at least one of those Roomba-like robot vacuum cleaners in the cupboard gathering dust. Now you can have similar technology for the lawn. The Automower will not only mow your lawn but recharge itself via its solar panel.

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