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264 Sq. Ft. Intel Smart Tiny House on Wheels

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This is the 264 sq. ft. Intel Smart Tiny House on wheels in San Francisco.

In collaboration with Intel, designer Kyle Schuneman used Brian Levy’s Minim Home design plans to have the high tech tiny house built.

Intel’s Internet of Things Platform (IoT Platform) lets you change the thermostat, unlock the door, adjust the lighting, and even detect leaks from your smart phone.

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264 Sq. Ft. Intel Smart Tiny House on Wheels

Intels Smart Tiny House 01

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Intels Smart Tiny House 02 Intels Smart Tiny House 03

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Video: Intel’s Smart Tiny House

Learn more: http://inhabitat.com/intels-smart-tiny-house-packs-futuristic-technology-into-210-square-feet/


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  • Kathy
    November 14, 2015, 6:02 pm

    Yet another incarnation of the Minim tiny home, which I am coming ’round to believing is about my favorite floor plan. All three that I have seen, including this one, are layed out identically, yet with some flexibility. In this one, the office space above where the bed slides in, is larger because the closet which we see in the original Minim is missing. This extra openess in the living area is nice, but for my taste, some sort of storage makes sense here, even if it is just open shelves for books and what not. The open shelves outside the bathroom in the original Minim are here enclosed into a much needed hanging closet. The movable table that is seen in front of the sofa in the original Minim appears to have become a stationary dining table cum kitchen island with bar height stools slid underneath, which I like. I love barefooting, and I would surely tear up my toes on the three marine style cleats scattered about the Minim for anchoring the table. Nor would I want to haul a table around from the kitchen, to in front of the sofa to infront of the big window. I believe the original Minim had some open shelving on the right side of the kitchen (for instance,wasn’t there a cubby for the Kitchen Aid stand mixer?) but here the entry door has taken the spot. I love the way the room has been decorated, very contemporary yet warm. As for the elephant in the room, if you have watched the video maybe you will agree that other than a novelty toy, none of the “smart” features make sense. Even the facial recognition door unlocker, which sounds cool, would not be of much use to a person in a wheel chair, or a very short person, or a child. I love this house, could live there in a heartbeat, but no doubt the high style decor and toys have put it out of my price range.

    November 14, 2015, 6:18 pm


    • Snitch
      November 15, 2015, 10:54 pm

      Janice: I’m not sure if you are aware, but using all CAP’S in a post makes it difficult to read, and it appears as though you are shouting.

      You will have to contact this builder to get the information you need-and I suggest that you choose a builder no further away than 1 state-you will have to arrange and pay for the transport of the house, and it gets expensive. Earlier this year, I had mine built and transported from about 4 west coast states away, and the cost was almost $2500.
      This forum is one where we Tiny House Enthusiast’s enjoy seeing what’s new and commenting on them. You might want to do a lot of research before committing to living tiny. It is quite a change-also know that you can not just park it “anywhere” either.
      I hope this helps!

  • anthony
    November 14, 2015, 6:35 pm

    Sorry to see “corporate” getting involved in this movement. The idea of the movement was to simplify. All this ridiculous gadgetry is just lots of electronics begging to go wrong. What if you lose that tablet and all of it’s apps. The “facial recognition” garbage is just that – getting us all used to violations of our privacy. And, well, when “the plumber” sticks his face in the camera, how do you know it’s the plumber? Ridiculous techno stuff. And, really, I don’t want to live on a holodeck making humans less able to do for themselves. If you want the darn lights on, go over and turn them on with your own hands. I find the layout great, all of the gadgets and other stuff totally gross and against the entire philosophy of the tiny house movement. Yes, well, it was only a matter of time before the “corporate ick” got all involved. . . . too bad.

    • Marsha Cowan
      November 18, 2015, 2:09 pm

      Anthony, I totally understand what you are saying, and I, for one, like living off the grid, using solar power only to run my two lights, charge my tiny iPad, and charge my phone…that being the only electronic or electric things I own, and my iPad is all taped up from where I dropped it on the cement floor at Lowes! Otherwise, my heat is propane, my stovetop and iron are butane, and propane heats the on-demand water heater I have outside for my shower tent which also uses no electricity. So I like not being dependent on the grid.

      However, I have to take my hat off to whoever actually designed this wonderful tiny house. It is a clever and practical use of electronics, and as was mentioned earlier, would be a great tiny house for the elderly or disabled who need extra technical support. There is beauty and usefulness in all the various designs we see here in this blog, even if they are not what we would personally prefer. So I am glad I got to see this interesting house. Thanks!

      • Kimmie
        December 19, 2015, 5:59 am

        I apologize I accidentally hit the ‘report’ button on that comment. I am so so sorry!!

      • Maria
        March 19, 2016, 7:18 am

        No power or internet goes down your screwed. I like everything the old fashion way. I thought going Tiny you were not to be in debit , but with this home you would be in big debit.

  • David
    November 14, 2015, 7:31 pm

    I wonder what the price is. For handicapped or old people this is great, for young folks to show off, for all to enjoy. Unfortunately I have learned how often software goes awry: too often to be safe. At least it’s not Microsoft-powered.

  • Tim
    November 14, 2015, 7:45 pm

    I agree with Anthony!
    Too much corp. involvement and too many pricey gadgets.
    The idea of tiny housing was simplicity and now developers, government, every other profit monger is getting involved. Prices are getting bigger and the concept is getting taken over by big business. So much for the common man and the original principal. I see a great thing getting ruined and poorer people getting left by the wayside as usual.

    • Brett
      November 14, 2015, 8:41 pm

      Why would “poor people get(ting) left by the wayside”? Just leave out the gadgets.
      As more people, and corporates and profit mongers, get involved, more options will become available, at more affordable prices. At the moment everything you need to buy specifically for small houses suffers very much from niche market prices. Widespread acceptance through corporate takeup will make things more affordable.
      And in the end, anyone can do what they would have done anyway, regardless! Someone else going small with all the gadgets, bells and whistles, doesn’t stop you from doing it without all that!

      • Tim
        November 15, 2015, 3:47 pm

        Bob, I agree also with you.
        Bret… Bob said it well.
        Also, these tiny houses keep getting larger and more expensive. Pretty soon you will find so many dealerships opening up just like used car lots. Financing available and another mortgage to pay.
        The beginning point of this type of structure was for owner builders to build a cheaper mortgage free dwelling and live a more simple debt free life style.
        Paying a costly price, having a mortgage, possibly paying monthly space rent to a Tiny House mobile park is hardly the reason this all started. In fact it creates the same economic lifestyle that we have now except with less room to do it. It leaves the same enslavment to the system that we have now.
        Savings and independence go right out the window once government, corporations, bankers, and insurance companies get involved.
        The idea is Not to spend, spend, spend but to save, save, save.
        What started out as a great idea will evolve into just another expensive way of life. An expensive life that low income (poor) people can not afford.
        I guess the best way for you to understand some of the objections that some of us have expressed it to take a sociology course to learn about the evolution of our society and how it comes about.

  • Bob
    November 14, 2015, 8:31 pm

    Once the corporate guys get in there it won’t be long before it will become illegal to build your own….they do seem to have a knack for ruining everything they touch…

  • Peter Piper
    November 15, 2015, 1:30 am

    Not a fan of most of the technology here but the water leak indicator is not bad except that it could stop after it alerts me that there’s a leak and go no further. I’ve been in high tech so long that I’m burned out on it. Looking for something a little more personal than a cold machine.

  • Teri Royal
    November 15, 2015, 3:06 am

    Please call me at 714–222–4596.
    Thank you,
    Teri Royal

    • Snitch
      November 15, 2015, 10:57 pm

      Teri-Just curious-WHO do you want to call you?

  • Sharon Fried
    November 15, 2015, 9:01 am

    I also agree with Anthony. I am looking for simplicity. I am looking for a peaceful and calm way of life, as low cost and gadget free as possible. This is not what tiny living is all about.

  • Brian
    November 15, 2015, 10:42 am

    My first thought was that home is not 210 sq ft. A few clicks later and it’s really 264 sq ft. I really like the layout and the techie stuff is cool but unnecessary. A true water leak sensor should do more than beep your phone. It should turn the water off to your house. I’m still not sure how that’s on a trailer either. It’s at least 12 ft wide.
    I do love the whole layout, though.

    • Brian
      November 15, 2015, 10:56 am

      After a bit more digging I’m still confused. 😉 The inside dimension is 10 ft wide. All the off grid tech is great.

      • November 15, 2015, 6:15 pm

        Hi everyone- yes, the house is 264ft2, we made it slightly larger 2.0 version to accommodate Intel’s specs (apparently the Intel PR folks made a little mistake on their promotional video!). Whether you see all the tech as a pro or con, the core idea here is to promote highly livable, attractive micro house models to a mainstream audience across the country. More on the wider strategy here: http://www.microshowcase.com/policy/micro-house-movement-strategy/

        • Marsha Cowan
          November 18, 2015, 2:17 pm

          Hi Brian, enjoyed the house, but what is your definition of “main stream”? I.e., to what salary range would this be targeted? Would you have a lower cost (and lower tech) version for those in a salary range that falls below your main stream target (especially the retired or disabled)? Just curious…thanks!

        • Varenikje
          November 19, 2015, 10:23 pm

          Is it just me, or is there more than one Brian on here?

  • Rex Boothe
    November 15, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Just another expensive “must have” toy for the wealthy who want and can afford another throw away item. That’s okay, its their money. This product is not for the practical everyday user who wants to and can turn on their on lights. Our culture produces enough junk as it is. However, the ideas in the video show that people are capable of inventing something useful. I’ll stick with the basic idea of the tiny house movement of practical and simplicity.

  • Marsha Cowan
    November 18, 2015, 2:35 pm

    Okay. . . I went to the link you gave, Brian, and read your vision. I understand what population you are trying to reach now, and this house will certainly do that, hopefully on the scale at which you are anticipating. However, though small in number, there are still those of us out here who have a different “tiny house” vision who do not consider the ones already out there to be cramped or unappealing, and our fear is that if you flood the market with these larger and more technical versions, you are going to influence local and state building codes in your direction which will only make it harder for those of us who do not want the technology or size or even the more modern finishing materials. You may put us all in a place where we really DO have no where to go with our simple tiny homes.

  • Jay
    December 20, 2015, 10:54 am

    I have been in one of the Minim models at a home and garden show, and htey are suprisingly roomy inside. While my wife and I sat on the sofa and talked to the builder there must have been a dozen people wandering about, and it was plenty big enough to accomodate that number. As to the idea that getting big companies involved in the movement is “bad”, won’t economies of scale kick in if more units are built and sold? I also don’t quite get the backlash that says what the tiny house movement is about, as if there is only one philosophy as to how people should build their homes. If someone purchases a small or tiny house for 6oK or 70K or somewhere in that range, they will not be a slave to the house like htey would if htey purchased a 350K home-you should be able to pay off the smaller loan in a decade or less with careful planning. Why isn’t that a desirable outcome? A 30 something couple could be mortgage free by 40 and have 20-25 years to use their money to build a nice retirement nest egg. I just like the idea that these homes push the envelope of what might be possible, and are pressuring cities and towns to reconsider outdated zoning regulations.

  • Annette
    March 19, 2016, 12:24 am

    I question this design mainly because I don’t want to sleep in a bed that’s regularly stowed under a floor, especially those designed to be rolled under a kitchen floor. Same for designs that have stairs mounted on and over counter tops. The challenge is not only to live small, but to live healthily and cleanly.

  • July 16, 2017, 4:45 pm

    The Colors helps very well, or saves, however has an incisive language.

  • John Anello
    July 16, 2017, 6:45 pm

    I will never want a home that uses facial recognition to allow me to enter. I don’t want cameras all over my house keeping track of when I enter or leave. That is information I will always want to keep to myself, not allow others to discover.

  • Lou B
    July 17, 2017, 12:47 am

    Because we need homes that give MORE access to Global computer Hackers, as seen in the 2016 hack of a Jeep Cherokee, taking control of the car AWAY from it’s driver, and sending it into a ditch.
    What safeguards do you employ to PROTECT us from the Bad Actors who are trolling the Internet of Things?

  • July 17, 2017, 8:47 am

    I like the designated workspace!

  • april hunter
    July 17, 2017, 8:42 pm

    In theory this is neat, but in reality, not so much. I’m of a younger generation and I hate it. What if the electric goes out? Something breaks? Someone forgets to charge the ipad or misplaces it? In my experience, tech and elec go wrong often – and need constant updating. The point of tiny home living is to UNCOMPLICATE things.

    There was no tour of the bedroom or bath area. Bummer.

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