Now, a solar- and air-powered house that can walk away from floods

October 22nd, 2008 - 4:01 pm ICT by ANI  

London, October 22 (ANI): A 10ft high solar- and wind-powered home, which can stroll at walking pace across all terrains, may help deal with problems like floods and unfriendly neighbours in future.
The prototype home has been built on six hydraulic legs that can walk. It has a living room, kitchen, toilet, bed, and wood stove.
A mainframe computer helps control the houses legs.
The pod is all set to take its maiden stroll around rural Cambridgeshire at the Wysing Arts Centre in Bourn on Thursday.
Its makers art collective N55 in Copenhagen, Denmark developed it while working with engineers at MIT in Massachusetts, USA.
They say that the prototype house provides a solution to the problem of rising water levels as it can simply walk away from floods.
It costs about 30,000 pounds to build the prototype.
The designers, however, think that the cost of its production can be reduced.
This house is not just for travellers but also for anyone interested in a more general way of nomadic living, the Telegraph quoted one of its designers at the MIT as saying.
Each leg of the prototype house works independently. They are so designed that three stay on the ground at any one time to ensure stability.
The makers hope the legs could be eventually mounted on any kind of structure, and several pods could be linked together for bigger houses. (ANI)

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