Living in a small capsule powered by wind and solar energy that can be adapted to almost anywhere on the planet may sound more like something out of a science fiction movie than a reality, but a European company says it has created just that.
The Ecocapsule is designed to provide the "comfort of home facilities outside the ordinary conditions", the company based in Slovakia "Nice Architects". Each pod is completely self-sufficient, thanks to the strong wind and the battery system capacity and water filtration and solar energy, while its small size makes it extremely portable, the company said.
With its immense scope unusual life, portability and flexibility worldwide, is suitable for a wide range of applications: from a station independent research or a tourist hostel emergency housing or a unit of humanitarian action the company wrote on its website.
At approximately 120 square feet, making Ecocapsule accommodation tiny life to the next level, though the company says that each capsule can "comfortably" work perfectly for two adults. Each has a bed, kitchenette, bathroom and a small work space with a table and chairs, and has running water, hot showers and toilet flushing.
The capsule is powered with wind and solar power and is equipped with a wind turbine and solar panels. It also has tools to collect and reuse rainwater and dew. Among its solar and wind energy and water collection systems, Nice Architects says the Ecocapsule can stand it for about a year at a time in places "off the charts".
The company has not disclosed the price of the capsules, but says it plans to start taking pre-orders later this year with the first units shipping during the first half of 2016. The final price may vary slightly depending on the location, because shipping costs, they said. Shipping to Melbourne, Australia, for example, will cost approximately $ 1,632 for their estimates, while the costs of shipping to New York will run about $ 2,394.
Nica plans Architects show Ecocapsule to the public later this week for the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria, and later this year in the Slovak National Pavilion.