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The TRIVIA is a concept vehicle created at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana in Brazil.

It’s an electric tricycle that can protect you from excessive wind, rain and extreme temperatures.

It’s slightly larger than most motorcycles and has just enough room one person.

It’s designers include Felipe Degasperi Aranega, Sergio Tadeu Almeida Curitiba, and Felipe Andretta Costacurta.

The TRIVIA is an Electric Tricycle Concept Vehicle

Although it has an electric engine it’s designed to have pedals to increase fuel efficiency and get exercise.

It uses gears similar to that of a bicycle. The design also includes air conditioning and a luggage rack. In 2009, it earned the iF concept award.

Trivia - Electric-powered Tricycle Concept Vehicle

Photo Courtesy of TRIVIA/YouTube

If you like this little electric scooter-car, watch the video clip to see exactly how it works: [continue reading…]


Earlier today I ran into this blog post which featured what I consider a minimalist radio & Bluetooth speaker.

Then I found that it’s on Kickstarter. Man, this Kickstarter thing is really making some amazing things possible, since this is the best sounding table top radio I’ve ever had (for this price, at least).

Minimalist Bluetooth Speaker for Tiny Houses

I’ve always wanted to do a weekly series on technology that goes hand in hand with small spaces. Well, today’s that day.

And this tiny wireless speaker system goes hand in hand with a small space or a mobile lifestyle.

So it’s a small speaker with a simple interface, plus it can deliver up to 80 decibels of sound which is impressive for its size.

It’s about the same size as an everyday household light bulb and was designed by John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen and Vitor Santa Maria.

Tiny House Technology: Minimalist Speakers
Image Courtesy of John VDN and Vitor Santa Maria

Twist, Lift, Connect and Enjoy

When you twist the cap it turns the radio on for you. If you continue turning it, the volume turns up.

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vupoint magic wand portable scannerThis is the first of the Tiny House Technology series. Here, we’ll explore available and conceptual technology that can help us downsize/simplify our lives.

I saw this VuPoint Solutions “Magic Wand” Portable Scanner (PDS-ST410-VP) at Bed Bath & Beyond yesterday. It’s about $99 and runs off of AA batteries.

It’s very small for a scanner and allows you to scan important documents right into a microSD memory card.
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