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Ecocapsule promises independent off-grid micro-living

Ecocapsule promises independen...
Ecocapsule will be unveiled at the Pioneers festival in Vienna on May 28 and made available for sale at the end of this year
Ecocapsule will be unveiled at the Pioneers festival in Vienna on May 28 and made available for sale at the end of this year
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Ecocapsule will be unveiled at the Pioneers festival in Vienna on May 28 and made available for sale at the end of this year
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Ecocapsule will be unveiled at the Pioneers festival in Vienna on May 28 and made available for sale at the end of this year
The big draw with this micro-home is the sustainable technology it promises
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The big draw with this micro-home is the sustainable technology it promises
Ecocapsule boasts a 2.6 sq m (28 sq ft) solar array on the roof and integrated battery system
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Ecocapsule boasts a 2.6 sq m (28 sq ft) solar array on the roof and integrated battery system
The firm envisions Ecocapsule as useful for a variety of purposes
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The firm envisions Ecocapsule as useful for a variety of purposes
Inside the Ecocapsule
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Inside the Ecocapsule
Ecocapsule also sports a silent 750 W wind turbine set on a retractable pole
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Ecocapsule also sports a silent 750 W wind turbine set on a retractable pole
Ecocapsule measures 446.8 x 240.7 x 248.7 cm (175.9 x 94.7 x 97.9 in)
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Ecocapsule measures 446.8 x 240.7 x 248.7 cm (175.9 x 94.7 x 97.9 in)
A rainwater collection and filtration system offers clean drinking water
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A rainwater collection and filtration system offers clean drinking water
The Ecocapsule is easy to transport
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The Ecocapsule is easy to transport
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Bratislava's Nice Architects has revealed some renders and preliminary details concerning its Ecocapsule: a micro-shelter that operates off-grid and promises impressive sustainable technology including solar power, rainwater collection and filtration, and wind power. The firm will unveil a prototype later this month and plans to make it available for sale later this year.

Resembling the similarly-shaped Exbury Egg, Ecocapsule measures 446.8 x 240.7 x 248.7 cm (175.9 x 94.7 x 97.9 in), and comprises a total usable floorspace of 8 sq m (86 sq ft). The micro-home can be easily transported by trailer and the firm says it can serve as a tiny house, additional bedroom, office, or even as a charging point for an electric vehicle.

The snug interior includes a toilet and shower, kitchenette, work and dining area, folding bed, and both internal and externally-accessed storage. Access to the home is gained via one sole door and it sports two operable windows.

Inside the Ecocapsule
Inside the Ecocapsule

The big draw with this micro-home is the impressive sustainable technology that it promises. Packing a 2.6 sq m (28 sq ft) solar array on the roof, and an integrated battery system, Ecocapsule also sports a silent 750 W wind turbine that's set on a retractable pole. The bathroom includes a composting toilet and a shower, and a rainwater collection and filtration system offers clean drinking water.

However, when pressed on how this would work, the firm preferred to remain tight-lipped – indeed, at present, the Ecocapsule is big on promise, but the finer details are yet to be revealed.

That said, a company rep told us that a prototype will be unveiled at the Pioneers festival in Vienna on May 28 and we can expect more details to emerge then. Availability is slated for later this year and while price hasn't been revealed yet either, the firm says it will be competitive

Source: Ecocapsule

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8 comments
Bob Flint
This egg shape is not the best for solar collection, I even wonder how well the rain run-off will flow into those mystery containers not detailed.
Why is it that they depict these odd mini huts in complete isolation, I can understand that some times you do want to get away from it all, but what egg-sac-tly does one do all day, or night day after day?
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Maybe this is a Mars habitat. Needs to be buried.
S Michael
What is this... This crapola who in their right mind would want to live in this thing. Unless they are made for "The homeless" and given away. Just what I want to see all over the city or up in the mountains a bunch of homeless living in these things.. No bathrooms. I guess they have the great outdoors.
nubwaxer
you're kidding me. it looks like a tweaked airstream trailer which have been around for decades.
Leonard
Just add a low level electronic hum perfect.
IanVEenennaam
Very nice Design & Engineering! Looking forward to see how this will perform once launched.
Germano Pecoraro
The water storage it's very little. You needs a water much higher
Peter Phoomahal Jr
That door design will be the inhabitant's downfall. The door will make any effort of temperature control futile. And i imagine it takes alot more time and effort to open and close compared to conventional swing or sliding doors.