Moving to a new city? Kasita wants to let you bring your entire tiny apartment

You learn a lot about what makes a house a home after living in a dumpster for a year. At least, according to Huston-Tillotson University environmental science professor Jeff Wilson. Nicknamed Professor Dumpster, he’s taking what he learned during the experiment and applying to a new type of housing.

Kasita is the result of a collaboration between Wilson and industrial design firm Frog. He wanted to use what he liked about living in a Dumpster (location, the ability to move his house, scaled-down possessions) and ditch what he didn’t (using a bottle as a bathroom).

“I told him, I want you to design something more like an iPhone than a micro-apartment or a container,” Wilson tells Co.Exist. What Kasita came up with is a 208-square-foot space with a washer, dryer, and full kitchen that hides a slide-out bed. Connected features built into the prefab units include privacy glass that darkens on command and smart lights and music.

The units are the equivalent of six dumpsters, but you’ll still have to make some compromises when it comes to your belongings. Still, Wilson thinks there’s enough room for an occupant, a cat, and a goldfish. The apartment fits into a “rack” that houses other apartments, and each individual unit can slide in and out to fit in a new rack, which can live on unused lands that can’t be developed.

Austin, Texas will get its first rack in spring 2016. While the $600-per-month apartments will plug into the grid, the company eventually wants them to run on solar power stored in Tesla batteries. There are several other cities on the list for future racks, so one day you could hit “move” on your app, and the company will take your whole apartment from Austin to Portland, New York, Tucson, Seattle, or even Stockholm. At least one thing when will be completely familiar when you get to the new city: your entire apartment.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

Thrive in the nuclear apocalypse with our Metro Exodus survival guide

Metro Exodus is a difficult shooter, especially if you're new to the series' blend of stealth, action, and scavenging. Here is what you need to know to survive the nuclear apocalypse.
Smart Home

Want to publish your own Alexa skill? Here's how to do it

Building new Alexa skills has never been easier! Thanks to Alexa Blueprints, you can pick a template and create any kind of Alexa skill you want. What new skill will you make first? Here's how to do it.
Gaming

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.
Smart Home

Ring adds color night vision to wired security devices and HDR to wireless ones

Ring rolled out color night vision to its wired security products with cameras such as the Spotlight Cam Wired. At the same time, Ring added HDR control to its battery-powered security devices including the Video Doorbell 2.
Mobile

These 13 gadgets walk a fine line between ingenious and insane

The annual avalanche of devices and gadgets is astounding, but how many will succeed? A few are destined to spark new trends, while the majority fade deservedly into obscurity. We look at some gadgets on the border of brilliant and bonkers.
Product Review

From tables to porches, Ring's Stick Up Cam watches wherever you want

Ring’s latest home security camera offers more versatility than ever before, with the ability to mount it, set it on a table, or put it inside or outside. We got a chance to test it out. Here’s how it went.
Smart Home

Check out the largest pools in the world - and how you can get there

From Egypt to Singapore to California, here's a pictorial breakdown of some of the biggest and largest pools in the world. Many of these pools are so big that you can even kayak and windsurf on them.
Smart Home

Consumer groups call out retailers in a bid for better IoT security

Consumer groups posted a "Dear retailer" letter on February 12 that called out Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and Target, shaming the companies for selling insecure smart home devices.
Deals

The best Presidents’ Day sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, Dell, and more

Presidents' Day sales are a great chance to score electronics, clothing, home and office stuff, and other goodies at a discount. We’ve smoked out a large handful of the best of these Presidents' Day deals, from tech to bedding, to help…
Deals

Walmart drops a killer Instant Pot deal for Presidents’ Day weekend

With the Walmart Presidents' Day sale going on right now, you can actually pick up the Instant Pot Lux60 6-quart programmable pressure cooker for just $69 -- $30 off its normal price.
Smart Home

Walmart slashes prices on Google Home during its Presidents’ Day sale

Walmart slashes prices on Google Home during its Presidents' Day sale. Whether you're taking your first step in configuring a smart home or expanding to every room, Walmart has excellent sale prices for all the key components.
Deals

Walmart Presidents’ Day sale: Instant Pot, Google Home, and 4K TV deals

Presidents' Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to find deep discounts on 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pots, clothes, mattresses, and furniture. And Walmart is offering deals on all of those things and more.
Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…