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The SNAIL SHELL SYSTEM – Row your home!

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Wow, row, row, row your home! This is still bigger than my first apartment – “The SNAIL SHELL SYSTEM is a low cost system that enables persons to move around, change their whereabouts and live in various environments. One unit supplies space for one person. It is mobile both on land and water. One person can move it slowly, either by pushing it like a wheel, walking inside it or on top of it. On water it can be rowed, moved by a kite or hooked up to a vessel, for example, a ferry. The unit rests on one flat side and can be anchored in lakes, rivers, harbours or at sea. On land, it can be placed in city spaces, fields, forests etc. “ [via] – Link.

6 thoughts on “The SNAIL SHELL SYSTEM – Row your home!

  1. Ok. I had a fiberglass travel trailer for a while, but this makes me nervous. When it flips over in the lake, in the middle of the night, can you crawl out of your sleeping bag underwater, then find the hole to get out, then swim out – assuming the water is deep enough that the hole isn’t filled with mud? After the little poopy bag is filled up, how does the smell get vented if there isn’t a good breeze? When cresting a hill, how does the person rolling go from pushing up the hill to keeping it from rolling down the hill at the same time? If a campfire blows the wrong way and catches this thing on fire what keeps the occupant from getting covered in flaming melted plastic? I wouldn’t let a dog sleep in this thing, and I don’t even really like dogs that much.

  2. Coracles (aka round boats) have been incredibly common throughout history, the english, irish, mesopotamians, native americans, and most of asia have used them in some form or another.

    often 2 people and 2 oars are used, using one as a rudder and the other for motion, but keeping a single oar in close to the body keeps it from spinning so you could use a single oar quite easily.

    however during a trip to vietnam a few years back I saw a very inventive use of a single large paddle oar, using it kind of like a fish’s tail, giving both direction AND propulsion.

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