Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee, and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, and more. So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.

Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.

These Insane Chandeliers Are Made From Upcycled PET Bottles

When it comes to upcycling, it’s not always easy to create something new out of discarded waste that doesn’t appear as repurposed…discarded waste. Yet, Czech artist Veronika Richterová seems to have pulled it off.

Build Your Own Amazon Echo with the $34 Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle

We’ve said it time and time again, but the Raspberry Pi is just so dang cool and we believe all designers and engineers should have one in their toolkit—if not on their desktop. While there is a bit of a slight learning curve, it’s nothing that today’s designers and engineers can’t handle on a leisurely Saturday.

Professional Development: Skillz to Pay the Billz

If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Designing and Building Secret Rooms Are This Mechanical Engineer’s Speciality

Thanks to killer set design in movies and television, almost everyone wants their own secret room.

The SmartDesk 3 is A Self-Adjusting Desk With A Built-In Productivity A.I.

As you read this, you’re probably at your desk, killing time while waiting for the workday to end. But do you know just for how long you’ve been sitting down? How about your daily water intake for the day—or meals you’ve eaten?

The Guardian GT is a Gigantic Treaded Robot With Seven-Foot Humanoid Arms

No matter what anyone says, machines will never fully replace humans in the food chain. Having a human supervisor on hand beats out a cold, robotic heart any day.

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