The Egg was the winning design for the Renewable Connected Pod, beating the other designs by a mile – and no wonder. The shape of the Egg reflects life and continuity while the interior is filled with future gadgets and renewable innovation that drives us forward toward our dreams.
Although the Renewable Connected Pod is a future innovation, meaning the technology isn’t yet available, you are probably eager to know how it will come together.
Heat sensitive surface
By cleverly designing the outer structure we can optimize self-shadowing to a particular location and the changing of the seasons.
“We could utilize renewable materials to achieve a moving surface. We are looking for the possibility to mix different materials to create a surface that expands and contracts according to heat or light”, the Pod’s design team explains.
Considering the nature of the Pod being a renewable movable unit, the framework should be light. The Eggs could be easily transported to different locations and they could pop up in parks, public events or even as temporary housing units in areas of crisis.
“Depending on the choice of outer material, it could actually work as the framework itself. In today’s world we would use a simple steel frame with curved glass panels to create the framework. A secondary hull with plastic based products would seal the Pod and also deal with heat expansion and contraction”, designers say.
The Egg recognizes you as soon as you walk through the door and provides you with your personal tools and files via the cloud. The main communication functionalities would be enabled using a haptic feedback system. Haptic feedback is a technology that creates a sense of touch when controlling virtual objects.
Renewable plastics are becoming more and more popular in interior design and because of the fast development of 3D-printing technology the plastics can take on a more visible role in a building rather than just as structures under the surface.
“Replacing fossil raw materials with Neste’s renewable plastics enables a major reduction in the Pod’s carbon footprint. When the 3D-printing technology progresses we may be able to print whole interior frameworks from renewable materials”, says Tomi Nyman from Neste Experts team.
Stay tuned for more information about the emerging technologies that could make a Renewable Connected Pod reality in the future. The Egg’s design development continues throughout the summer so don’t forget to share your comments and ideas on the subject.