By Chere Di Boscio
Calling itself “the first truly independent micro-home,” the Slovakian designed Ecocapsule is a teeny tiny smart home measures no more than 14 x 7 x 7—and the best part is, it’s powered entirely by sun and wind.
But that’s not its only eco-friendly feature. This clever capsule has membrane water filters installed into its upper surface to remove bacteria from rainwater before funelling it to a designated tank beneath the floor. The walls are padded with high performance thermal insulation, helping to reduce energy requirements and maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. It’s even got a proper loo, for those who were always averse to going in the woods.
It’s just as comfortable as a capsule hotel room—there’s even a flushing toilet! Hitched to the back of your car, it can be taken camping, mountaineering, or even act as a guesthouse in your back garden, where its 9700 Watt-hour battery could easily be charged from your main dwelling. Over the past decade, solar energy companies have been lowering the price of panels, meaning this core part of the Ecocapsule may make the dwelling more affordable than you may expect.
Interested in living it small? The Ecocapsule will be on display over the course of the Pioneers festival in Vienna over the summer, and will then be available to order after that. We’re not sure how much it will cost yet, but one thing is certain—it will be a smaller price to pay than burning fuel in a monstrous trailer, or worse yet, suffering in a tiny, smelly tent.