A 30,000-square-foot mansion sounds cool and all, but have you ever tried living in a tiny home where you can know with 100% certainty that no one’s going to ask to stay with you while they’re in town for the weekend? A viral tweet featuring a Home Depot tiny home kit has Americans asking themselves…how much space do I really need?
The specs: The viral “Getaway Pad” manufactured by Plus 1 Home Kits is a $43,832 steel frame that, once assembled and finished, yields a 540-square-foot, 1-bed, 1-bath home. Not included: insulation, doors, windows, plumbing, electrical wiring, flooring, or throw pillows.
Here’s the catch: The fully realized cost is more than Home Depot advertises. Unless you’re one of the Property Brothers (and if you are, hi <3), you would probably need a contractor to finish the home. You would also have to secure a foundation ($3,000–$9,000), permits ($1,000), and a place to put it…which could be tricky due to zoning laws and minimum square-footage requirements for permanent residences.
Yet, with the average price of a home above $339,000, even a luxury tiny home would be cheaper than a regular house. Other prefabricated tiny home brands, like Modal and Samara, make an aesthetically compelling case for what can be done with a small space. Plus: It’s a great way to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint and a perfect excuse not to host this month’s book club.—CC
The promise has been the same for more than a decade: Once augmented reality devices truly arrive, the world will never be the same.
A parade of contenders, from Google Glass to Meta’s Oculus, has changed the world, technically — but only in that a few million shelves have one extra thing sitting on them collecting dust.
How will Apple fare differently?
Vision Pro, unveiled yesterday, is Apple’s entry into the “spatial computing” derby, and it surely has some things going for it:
- The tech is impressive — the display alone has “more pixels than a 4K TV for each eye.”
- In a world full of lonely people, it adds dynamism to an empty room. Vision Pro will host hyper-immersive entertainment, capture vivid 3D memories, and facilitate “life-size” conversations via FaceTime.
It’s got plenty going against it, too:
- Vision Pro makes strides in blending digital worlds with physical spaces, but that has its limits; the EyeSight feature that reveals (an approximation of) wearers’ eyes when someone approaches feels… unsettling.
- At the end of the day, they’re asking people to wear oddball ski goggles all day — and often while being quite tethered (batteries have about two hours of juice before needing a plug-in).
And then there’s that price tag…
… Vision Pro will debut “early next year” with a $3.5k+ premium — and that’s pre-AppleCare.
Apple knows that’s steep and seemingly plans to be patient with its new category. Sales expectations for Vision Pro are relatively modest; it projects ~900k units sold in its first year, per Bloomberg.
This means Apple’s most important words…
… were actually “Feels like magic.”
The phrase, appearing multiple times in its keynote, drives Apple’s immediate takeaway message: that, others’ AI advances be damned, it’s still the tech king. That it sets the pace of innovation and can capture imagination unlike any other company.
Apple’s path to victory with Vision Pro may be, appropriately, that strong optics matter most.