A team of engineers in Slovakia have developed Ecocapsule, a portable, eco-friendly capsule that they call the world's first "truly independent micro-home".
The small capsule was designed from a mindset of sustainability; it is powered solely by clean wind and solar energy, and thermal insulation within the structure minimizes energy losses. An incineration unit provides heat for the capsule in the winter months.
For extended stays, designers sought to eliminate the need for any outside resources to keep the capsule habitable for long periods of time. Its rounded design makes it ideal for collecting rainwater and dew, which is then purified through membrane filters until it is drinkable. The toilet is even equipped to compost human waste.
The project's developers describe Ecocapsule as the Swiss army knife of campers, boasting that it "packs everything you need".
"During the construction of the capsule, we learned the most valuable lesson: If you want to survive, you need to utilize all resources you have available. Otherwise, you will be punished by limited function," said Ecocapsule creator Igor Zacek.
Ecocapsule was originally conceived as an entry for a 2008 Andes Sprouts Society competition, which challenged innovators to design a small housing unit suitable for an artist. Although Ecocapsule was not chosen as a project winner, the concept received considerable media attention. Developers spent the last seven years refining the concept to take advantage of cutting-edge technology.
Ecocapsule will be unveiled officially at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria later this week. Although no price has been announced, developers are hoping to ship the first production units in 2016.