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Jupe Urban Escape Pods Have Tesla, SpaceX Roots

Jupe urban escape pods are portable prefab shelters from designers formerly working for SpaceX, Tesla and Airbnb.

Jupe units are 111 square feet, enough room to house a queen sized bed (included), a pair of end tables (included), a desk and chair, and an average-sized monolith. Ceilings measure a cavernous 11 feet, cloaked in luminous long-lasting Firesist® fabric.

To reduce clutter, Jupe’s sturdy and finished Baltic birch wood floors open up to individual storage cubbies totalling 38 cubic feet, enough space to store ten large suitcases.

A large panoramic entryway extends the sense of openness, with side windows providing cross-ventilation, and additional natural light.

(Via Jupe.)

Science fiction authors loved the idea of the prefab house you could put anywhere. Clifford Simak described one in his 1952 story Ring Around the Sun:

"The houses are prefabricated units," said Crawford, "and they sell at the flat rate of five hundred dollars a room — set up. You can trade in your old home on them at a fantastic trade-in value and the credit terms are liberal — much more liberal, I might add, than any sane financing institution would ever countenance. They are heated and air conditioned by a solar plant that tops anything — you hear me, _anything_ — that we have today. There are many other features, but that gives you a rough idea."
(Read more about Simak's solar-powered prefab house)

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