It looks like Reaction Inc.'s portable, prefabricated Exo shelters have been taking the world by storm(trooper). The company's Austin headquarters was recently raided by Imperial soldiers looking to seize control of the technology behind the stackable, portable and ultra-durable dwelling, which can be used in disaster situations as well as for remote workforces and events like concerts and music festivals. While the Empire's plans to use the technologically-advanced, rapidly-deployable housing for its troops are certainly deplorable, we have to say that we did enjoy Chris Powell's comical photos of the fictional raid.
We last wrote about the Exo in 2014 when the company was raising funds to send the shelters to refugees in Syria, but it looks like they’ve attracted the attention of some new fans since then.
Photo: Chris Powell
And according to Reaction, Inc. founder Michael McDaniel, the Exo was actually partially inspired by Stormtroopers.
“Years ago in developing a scale model for the Exo, we looked to Star Wars superfans and DIY cos-players who made their own vacuforming tables and gear to create things like Stormtrooper helmets,” McDaniel told us. “Inspired, I created my own version in the garage, using it to mold the first Exo models in order to study overall form and function. Coincidentally, some of the first media comparisons of the Exo’s aesthetics were to Star Wars, and many Reactioneers are life-long fans of the movies. That history and the excitement around ‘The Force Awakens’ gave Reaction the perfect reason to stage a stormtrooper takeover of our HQ, giving a sneak peek of their custom-built design and manufacturing facility in Austin.”
Exo shelters have a variety of uses from disaster response to workforce housing to event accommodations. The mobile dwellings can be stacked and rapidly installed, and can even be clustered together in different configurations to create larger living quarters. The units are also equipped for lighting and connectivity to outside power, and are wired for networking capabilities so that aid responders can see which units are on or offline.
Photo: Chris Powell
Reaction expects to ship the first Exo shelters early next year directly from Austin.
Check out the company’s whole hilarious “Star Wars: The Exo Awakens” saga here.
Photos: Chris Powell