Living in 150 square feet doesn’t sound appealing to a lot of people, but for ultra-minimalists and those looking to pinch their pennies, downsizing their living space has been a liberating experience according to recent news stories over the past few years. With the rise of such couch-surfing/house rental sites such as AirBnB, micro-houses have also given property owners a way of turning a pretty penny with minimal upfront costs and zoning constraints. More recently, a pair of Dutch designers have created an open source micro-home building kit that allows user to create and download the plans for a micro-home…within a simple desktop app.
A FREE DIY HOUSEBUILDING APP
Perhaps inspired by the sometimes zigzag form of a hermit crab shell, the Hermit House makes use of a zigzag, folding structure floorplan with instructions so easy to understand, it makes an IKEA desk look like a chore. Similar to other micro-home floor plans, the interior is designed as a ‘spacious’ multipurpose open room with that can be modded to however a user sees fit.
Designers Daniel Venneman and Mark van der Net designed the Hermit House for a University project with the motto “Life Unplugged” as an inspiration. Their goal? To give users a simple and affordable option to build a getaway home that would allow them to turn off their screens and ‘get away’ from the plugged-in outside world. Starting with a template that features an open room and a deck, a user has eight different options and various add-ons to choose from for their final design. Once inside of the app, a user can specify the open-structure’s entrance and back height and width, depth, segment size and roof angle….
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.