Tiny Eco-Pod Offers Off-Grid Living and Adventure

Tiny Eco-Pod Offers Off-Grid Living and Adventure Photo (cc) by pixelshoot

Have you ever dreamed of escaping the hustle and bustle of life, preferring perhaps solitude or adventure? Well, look no further.

The Ecocapsule, a tiny egg-shaped pod that operates off-grid, may help provide the escape you’ve been seeking.

The Ecocapsule, created by Bratislava, Slovakia-based design studio Nice Architects, is powered by the wind and sun, plus it’s small enough to go pretty much anywhere – as long as you have a way to transport it (i.e. trailer, pack animal or flatbed truck), Mother Nature Network says.

The pod, which has just 86-square-feet of floor space, operates as a functional, albeit tiny, home with a toilet and shower, folding bed, kitchenette, dining area and storage space.

MNN said the Ecocapsule employs some rather impressive sustainable technology.

Ecocapsule operates completely off-grid with its spherical shape enabling optimum rainwater collection. The curiously shaped micro-shelter also includes integrated water filters for users to “utilize any water source” wherever it happens to be plopped down for a spell.

In terms of energy, the roof of the Ecocapsule is clad with a 28-square-foot, 600-watt capacity photovoltaic array that harnesses clean, renewable energy from the sun. There’s also a 750-watt wind turbine attached to the body of the unit on a retractable pole.

According to the Ecocapsule website, the pod can provide more than a place for adventure seekers to escape.

“With its immense off-grid life span, worldwide portability and flexibility, it is suitable for a wide range of applications: from an independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit,” the site said.

So, just how much will the 15-foot, 3,300-pound Ecocapsule cost? Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on the price, though Nice Architects said shipping from Slovakia to New York City would run about $2,000, MNN said.

A pricing announcement is expected later this year, with shipping of the micro-pods beginning in 2016.

What do you think of the Ecocapsule? Share your comments below.

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