Ever feel like just leaving it all behind and moving into a tiny pod in the country? You might after seeing the Ecocapsule, a tiny dwelling that packs all the necessaries — and little else — into its egg-like chassis. It's got a bed, kitchen, bathroom and work area, and a couple windows to let in the breeze. No need to plug into the grid — there's a wind turbine and bank of solar cells built in to charge a battery for light and heat, and rainwater is filtered and collected into a tank under the floor.
The interior is futuristic but warm: bright white with blond wood and lots of natural light. Probably not a prime spot to host a party, but it's nicer looking than a lot of trailers and RVs. Want to buy one? You might want to wait until they show off the prototype next week in Vienna to see if the design group, Slovakia-based Nice Architects, has managed to pull off actually making the thing. Pricing won't be announced until late in 2015, but you can bet it won't be cheap (plus you'll have to pay a few thousand to ship it). But it's probably cheaper than a log cabin.
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