Created for both work and leisure, the multipurpose GreenPod offers the comfortable and controlled environment of an office space with the freedom to pop up nearly anywhere. The egg-shaped workspace would be engineered to block outside noise, respond to weather changes, automatically charge all electronic devices, and pull up on work files and data for the right person using facial recognition. A haptic feedback system would connect GreenPods globally.
The tagline for the project is “a private capsule in a public space,” which makes it sound like the GreenPod would be set up as a rentable workspace in public parks. However, it’s hard to see who would use the pod outside of wealthy clients, as the space inside looks limited to just two people. Since the project is conceptual, there’s also no mention yet of what “renewable materials” the capsule would use with nor how it would be operated.
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“Public spaces are a great place to start the journey towards a renewable future. We are determined to create responsible choices every day,” said Osmo Kammonen, Neste’s Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing. The GreenPod is one of five competing proposals under consideration by the Preorder the Future project. The winning concept will be announced in September 2016 and will be developed as a real prototype.
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