The Prius Camper: Toyota Prius Converted into an RV!







From the information I was able to gather on this online this concept vehicle was created by an aftermarket developer in Nagano, Japan. But by now it might even be available in some areas of the world.

The shell extends the length and height of the Prius vehicle and allows you to sleep two people in the first level and another two people in the loft. There may even be room to create a convertible table/bed system as seen in many RVs.

It was unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. Photo credit unknown. Original post seen here.

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Solar Shingles for Tiny Houses?


Ever think about adding solar power to your future tiny house or cabin? Did you know that solar shingles now exist and are becoming available? So you know what my next question is… Would you consider using these for your future home? I really like the seamless design and how you wouldn’t have to attach extra panels to your roof or anything. I’m always up to consider an all-in-one solution like this. Or just about anything that makes more use out of the same thing. And this accomplishes just that!

Photo Credit Beach Side Solar Hawaii

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Europe’s 1st Earthship Home in France


This is Europe’s first official earthship home according to the owner which is pretty awesome. There are East and West entrances. Traditional oak beams were used for construction. Flooring is marble and granite. The bathroom flush toilet uses grey water which is great.

More info and pics available here.

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Toilet Motorcycle Powered by Your Poo


This is a real prototype called the Toilet Bike Neo by a Japanese toilet company TOTO (it probably even has a built in bidet which is fancy, awesome, and useful).

By the way, did you know you can get a bidet for your current toilet for just $30? I have one and I can’t help but share. Thought I’d let you know. Best $30 I’ve spent last year and in my opinion a fantastic use of water. Better than using trees to wipe, anyway.

But back to the subject! Sorry! Hahaha. I first ran into this poo powered motorcycle over at one of my favorite websites Inhabitat where you can learn a bit more about it. Just thought it was a random interesting and fun thing to share with you.

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How to Design and Install Solar System in a Tiny House

How to Design and Install Solar Panels in Tiny Houses


Step 1: Determine How Much Power You’ll Need


“The first step in designing the solar electrical system for the Tiny House was to determine how much power and energy would be needed (the system load).  This was achieved by creating a simple table and recording each appliance, its rated power and how many hours per day it is used. ”

Learn how to design and install a solar system for tiny houses @ Tiny House Over the Hill

Dish Sized Solar Panel That Can Power an Entire Tiny House?

Solar Death Ray - Power of 5000 Suns!

This 19-year-old kid is a genius, isn’t he?

The Power of 5,000 Suns? Seriously?

What if this technology can someday power an entire tiny house and recharge battery reserves faster than we would have ever imagined?

The R5800 Solar “Death Ray”

Watch the video below to see what I’m talking about and here’s an excerpt from the inventor himself:

The R5800 is my latest and greatest solar creation. Made from an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish, it is covered in about 5800 3/8″ (~1cm) mirror tiles. When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light is more than enough to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5’9″ and is 42″ across.
Unfortunately, the R5800 was completely destroyed in a storage shed fire on December 14, 2010.

Coming spring of 2011:
Sun Runner 3
R23000 (R23K)

Area of dish aperture (elliptical)= (pi x 102cm x 73cm)/4 = 5848 sq cm
Area of focal point (circular)= pi(0.6cm)^2 = 1.14 sq cm
Concentration Power= 5848/1.14 = 5129 then rounded down
Output Power Estimate = 560 watts

Video of the Solar “Death Ray”

Can you see a small device like this being able to easily recharge battery reserves quickly to power homes of all sizes? This kid’s invention can really lead to some incredible breakthroughs (and less oil dependency).