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Housing displaced people in an emergency is never easy, but designer Michel Antoun has an interesting take on providing shelter. His temporary housing unit is made from compressed wood panels and folds up into a cube for easy shipping. Once deployed at a disaster site one wall cleverly folds down, which in an instant both doubles the square footage of the shelter, and exposes solar cells to provide power.

It’s obviously still a design concept, but it’s a compelling one that could provide instant housing in response to an emergency, or disaster such as earthquake, tornado, or flooding.

(via dornob)


Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.

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