First there were movers who hauled your umpteen packed boxes from one city to the next. Next, there were pods, which you filled with all of your stuff and then watched them get picked up and delivered to your next destination.
In the future, your entire apartment will just get removed from one building and installed into a new one.
That's if you'd be happy living in a 1,000-square-foot, glass-and-steel box that could slide out of a metal frame of one building and into the metal frame of another - all while keeping your furniture and other possessions upright and undamaged inside.
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This new concept called Kasita was developed after its founder Jeff Wilson, an environmental science professor at the University of Texas at Austin, experimented with living in a converted dumpster.
Wilson and an industrial designer from a firm called Frog devised a plan that would break away from the traditional components of housing and inspire a high-tech alternative.
Each container, which is equivalent in size to six dumpsters, includes a queen-size bed that slides out from under the kitchen and modular tiles that can be removed to plug in electronics. A number of high-tech features allow individuals to, say, speak to glass to request privacy, turn on lights or ask for news updates.
The first versions of these tiny smart apartments will plug into the grid, but the startup's founders envision a future where the units will run off of solar power stored in Tesla batteries and feature add-ons to, say, collect rainwater and reuse it.
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Perhaps the best part is the price, which is estimated at a rental fee of about half of the market's asking rental price for a studio apartment. Wilson says that in Austin, that could mean about $600 per month.
The first rack of apartments is slated for Austin in the spring of 2016, and the company is currently working on agreements for land in other cities to make the apartments transferable in the future.
via Fast Company