An innovative new New Zealand-designed caravan has been further recognised for its inventiveness and lifestyle-on-the-road-changing potential.
The Romotow T8 has been selected as one of TIME magazine’s best inventions due to its outstanding and original design and functionality.
Hailed as the next evolution in mobile living, the van’s patented design allows for a compacted form when towing or not in use.
And, then, at the push of a button, the cabin rotates from the outer shell to reveal a covered patio that can be closed down for four seasons ‘camping’
The design was apparently inspired by the Swiss Army knife, and when the exterior shell is swivelled out, it adds up to 70% cent more living space.
Designers have previously said that with traditional caravan designs, you were often hot when inside it, and not really involved in the environment you were in.
The Romotow reportedly lends itself to airflow and is reportedly more aerodynamic than a regular caravan.
The company says that while it is totally mobile, the Romotow is not a normal caravan in that it is also ideal as a more permanent dwelling, a beach house, tiny home or luxury escape on a larger property.
To compile its list, TIME paid special attention to growing fields—such as AI, green energy, and sustainability.
Contenders were assessed on a number of key factors, including originality, efficacy, ambition, and impact.
“The result is a list of 200 groundbreaking inventions (and 50 special mention inventions)—including the world’s most powerful supercomputer, a game-changing entertainment venue, and a new shape—that are changing how we live, work, play, and think about what’s possible,” said TIME’s editors.
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