Posted by hipstomp | 27 Apr 2011 | Comments (2) From the There's No Way This Thing Can Be Real department: A company called BPG Motors is taking advance orders for their Uno III , a scooter that rides around on two self-balancing wheels, Segway-style. The rider can hit a button and deploy—on the fly!
This car runs on ‘empty’ in more ways than one. It charges up on solar and wind energy when docked at home while also doubling as an extra room, creating rather than displacing space as a typical vehicle would do sitting idle inside a garage. Conceived by Jon Salerno , it tackles questions from urban density to daily commutes, converting a few dozen square feet inside an electric vehicle into a mobile extension to a small home
From colorful paintings and detailed line drawings of delivery trucks and mobile homes to actual full-scale bike-and-shopping-cart camper construction projects, artist and designer Kevin Cyr seems (healthily) obsessed with portable housing and mobile living. In his own unique creations, he manages to pack impressive amenities (bed, lighting, storage and much more) into the smallest of interior spaces.
Good building design, to paraphrase, can hide inside very small structures. At first glance it looks just like a full-sized luxury motor home – but the illusion of a large solid volume of spaces comes from a temporary tent-like structure. This layered enclosure folds out of a remarkably sleek, compact and modern-looking trailer attachment many times smaller than the full-scale living-and-dining area that it can convert into.
The ultimate in eco-friendly mobile living, this ingenious residential bike trailer idea from Tiny House Design is perhaps not as far fetched as it might first appear. After all, small or big, portable homes have similar security issues and bikes can pull quite a bit of weight and existing bike trailers can haul up to hundreds of pounds.