A couple has built a tiny home that’s powered by an Arduino and can charge a phone using solar panels, making it possible to save on energy and fuel.
The home, called Herff Jones Homeship, is powered by a Raspberry Pi 2 microcontroller and is able to power a phone or tablet using a single battery pack.
The couple is a pair of electrical engineers and the DIY project has raised more than $100,000 on Indiegogo.
Their idea is to make the home available as a full-sized house for people who don’t have a home, or don’t want to build a home and want to buy one themselves.
According to the Indiegocase website, the DIY home can charge up to 30 phones at once.
It’s small enough to fit in your car or a suitcase, but is still large enough to charge a smartphone.
It can also be used to power portable TVs and other devices, and can even power a small LED light.
“If you have an iPhone or an Android device, you can plug it into this and it’s not just a glorified LED light, it can also power an LED for your TV,” Herff told Motherboard in an interview.
In addition to powering an LED light for the home, the couple also made a wireless networked power strip that can be used as a router or a home security system.
There are also two USB ports for charging, which can be plugged into an outlet or into a wall outlet.
Herff also explained that the house’s design allows for a lot of customization, with the home’s walls and ceilings made of fiberglass and other materials that are weatherproof.
Sheff Jones said that while the couple is not trying to be DIY and are just trying to make something that can actually make a lot more money than buying a traditional home, they are making it as simple as possible for people with limited resources to afford.
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Image credit: Herf Jones Homespike via Indiegolab.com