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Shifting Nests Microhomes

Shifting Nests Microhomes

Vancouver, BC firm BLA Design took home First Prize in the 2019 Bee Breeders Microhome Competition for their nifty sustainable housing concept. Using vacant urban lots, they propose that the land be used for low-cost, tiny homes, each packing in zones for resting, bathing, cooking, living, dining, and farming.

Lunar Lander Tiny House

Lunar Lander Tiny House

How’d you like to spend your weekends in a lunar lander? Catamaran designer Kurt Hughes turned his skills towards building an earthbound structure inspired by the iconic space vehicle. His 250 sq.ft. “fishing shack” sits along the banks of the Columbia River, and is made from carbon fiber panels, plywood, and epoxy.

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Autonomous Zen Work Pod

Autonomous Zen Work Pod

The Zen Work Pod provides a modern space that’s perfect for getting away from the kids while you work. It’s made from wood, aluminum, and tempered glass, and comes with built-in shelving, a SmartDesk 2, and a Kinn Chair. Assembly takes about 3 days. MSRP is $15k, but if register your interest now you could get a big discount.

Jet Engine Camper

Jet Engine Camper

Builder Steve Jones got his hands on the jet engine nacelle from an old Royal Air Force VC10 airplane, and has since transformed the circular housing into a truly unique camper. It can sleep four in its cozy living space, which can transform into a dining room. Check out the full build history on the project’s Facebook page.

CHUWI LarkBox Micro PC

CHUWI LarkBox Micro PC

This palm-sized computer measures just 2.4″ x 2.4″ x 1.7″ and weighs just 4.5 oz. It can run Windows 10 or Linux at up to 4K resolution, and has an Intel Celeron J4115 CPU, Intel UHD 600 GPU, 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, USB-A, USB-C, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio ports, and a MicroSD card slot. It can also be upgraded with an M.2 SSD.

The 8×6 Workshop

The 8×6 Workshop

We’ve seen some pretty sweet tiny houses over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen a tiny workshop. Artist Stephen Watson built himself a place to work on his projects that measures just 8′ x 6′ (48 square feet.) It’s a great demonstration of what can be done with a small space and a fastidious approach to organization.

Tiny Marble Machine

Tiny Marble Machine

Artist Daniel de Bruin is an expert at making metal tracks for marble machines. He’s taught us how to make our own, and even made a room-sized marble track. Now, he’s downsized his efforts, creating the tiniest marble course we’ve ever seen, using a custom drive mechanism, 0.6mm wire, and a 5mm wide ball bearing.

Z-Triton House-Boat-Trike

Z-Triton House-Boat-Trike

Designed and built by architect Aigars Lauzis, this unique mobile home combines an electric tricycle, a boat, and a tiny living space in one. Its motors propel it up to 25 mi on land or 19 mi on water, and its wheels fold up when floating. Its interior has removable bench seating and a small sleeping area for two.

Lazareth Mini Moke V8M

Lazareth Mini Moke V8M

This custom Mini Moke might look adorable, but she’s got it where it counts. French vehicle customizer Lazareth managed to build a modern tribute to the tiny utility vehicle using an aluminum chassis, and the V8 from a Maserati, bestowing it with a ridiculous 460 hp. Just listen to her purr.

Bruny Island Tiny House

Bruny Island Tiny House

Ever feel like just chucking it all and moving to a tiny house? Hunting for George takes us on a tour of a wonderful off-grid dream house located on Bruny Island in Tasmania, Australia. Its got a full kitchen, a lofted bedroom, a chill dining space with idyllic views, and a hidden outdoor tub. Designed by Maguire + Devine Architects.

1/50 MINI Cooper Pantone Cars

1/50 MINI Cooper Pantone Cars

Hong Kong toy outfit Tiny teamed up with MINI and Pantone to create this limited-edition, collectible series of 1/50th-scale die-cast cars, decked out in 36 different official Pantone colors. If the complete set is too hard on your wallet, they sell individual cars for about $13 each.

Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Miniature model maker HMS2 shows us how to make some ridiculously tiny and accurate replicas of fast food and their packaging from McDonald’s. We love the individual french fries, and how the Coke even has microscopic ice cubes.

Apartment Treehouse

Apartment Treehouse

YouTube channel Never Too Small is packed with great examples of highly-efficient living spaces. Among the designs is this 33 square meter Hong Kong apartment, which has a treehouse structure above the dining table. The cozy lofted bedroom is lined with pine wood to keep it from feeling cramped.

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DIY Mini Computer

DIY Mini Computer

Smartphones and tablets pack computing power in a small form factor. But if you prefer the look of a desktop computer, watch this brief clip from Creativity Buzz, showing how to build a tiny PC with just a few inexpensive parts. Full build details here.

Philcraft Penny Steam Engine

Philcraft Penny Steam Engine

What you’re looking at here is a teensy, tiny, fully-functional steam engine that’s so small that its base is an old copper penny, and some of them have a flywheel made from a shilling coin. The miniature engine can run on steam or compressed air, and was built by Phil Gravett.

Bowman Mini Crossbow

Bowman Mini Crossbow

This 5″ long stainless steel weapon can fire skinny projectiles like toothpicks, matches, and Q-tips. Its firing range is 15 to 30 feet, and it’s perfect for taking down zombie action figures. Available in silver, gold, or black finishes.

TinyCircuits Tiny Arcade

TinyCircuits Tiny Arcade

It’s not quite for ants, but you can fit a couple of TinyCircuits’ DIY arcade machine kit in your hand. It’s easy to assemble – no soldering or special tools needed – and its games are free. You can also watch mp4 video files on it.

Tiny MAME

Tiny MAME

Adafruit maker Phillip Burgess wanted an arcade cabinet he could take anywhere, so he set about making what is apparently the world’s smallest MAME cab. This ridiculously teensy system saves space by using its Raspberry Pi and its other components as the cabinet.

World’s Smallest Working Drill

World’s Smallest Working Drill

By replicating the form of a power drill using a 3D printed model, engineer Lance Abernethy created a tiny drill that measures just 0.67″ long, and holds an spins a tiny 0.5mm drill bit. He’s already working on a smaller version.

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