Consider a world in which people live in modern luxury homes floating nearly seven and a half feet above the sea. This year, fleets of “revolutionary living pods” with cutting-edge technology and drones to deliver essentials will hit the market.
Ocean Builders, a Panama-based company that specializes in cutting-edge marine technology, has unveiled the “world’s first eco-restorative homes.”
The SeaPod, designed for aquatic living, the GreenPod for land, and the EcoPod for a more environmentally friendly option are currently in production.
The EcoPod is intended to be a more affordable alternative that adheres to the same principles as the SeaPod and GreenPod. It has a rain-collection roof, large windows, and a more compact floor plan. It’s also designed to be shipped in a container to wherever the customer wants to set it up.
The company’s long-term goal is to build sustainable homes out of as many natural and environmentally friendly materials as possible.
The Linton Bay Marina on Panama’s north coast is currently building a fleet of pods. SeaPods will primarily be used in hot, humid climates.
According to a company spokesperson, Ocean Builders officially launched online sales on Tuesday. Pods can be reserved on their website for a $100 deposit.
“We are sowing the SeaPod seed here in Panama, but our ultimate goal is to have SeaPod homes in every corner of the ocean, all around the world,” said Ocean Builders CEO Grant Romundt in a statement.
What do SeaPods look like?
The three-and-a-half-story structures will have 833 square feet of living space, a master bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and 1,250 square feet of storage space.
By opening a large set of glass sliding doors, the kitchen and dining area can be transformed into an open-air room.
To stabilize the structure, air-filled steel tubes beneath the SeaPod generate buoyancy.
What is the price of a SeaPod?
The SeaPod, which costs between $295,000 and $1.5 million depending on upgrades and customization, was designed with smart technology for aquatic living.
“We are trying to keep the price as close to an average US family home as possible for the minimal home with the option to add features such as Air Conditioning, more solar, upgraded kitchen, and so on,” the company’s website says.
A significant cryptocurrency bill recently passed in Panama will allow Ocean Builders’ customers, the majority of whom are “big crypto supporters,” to use cryptocurrency in more transactions.
How will residents obtain supplies and emergency medical care?
People will be transported to and from their SeaPods via dinghy boats, jet skis, and local water taxis.
Food and medicine will be delivered by drones. Larger deliveries, recycling, garbage, and debris will be transported by a separate autonomous vessel.
A “PodWatch Lifeguard Drone” will keep an eye on the water and dispatch assistance if necessary. This can be implemented using a wristband with an SOS button that, when pressed, summons a surface drone and provides something to grab onto, or an AI camera that monitors the area.