Pop Up Personal Shelters
Movie producer Peter Samuelson worked with students from the Art Center College of design to create a portable shelter option for homeless people. The EDAR (everyone deserves a roof) unit was the result. During the day, the EDAR functions like a high tech shopping cart, and can be used to store possesions and at night it folds out into a spacious, one person tent.
The LA Times reports:
With a donation from former EBay President Jeff Skoll, he took the design to Precision Wire Products, a manufacturer of shopping carts in Commerce. Precision produced a succession of prototypes, at least nine, to address critiques of the device: too big, too small, too flimsy, not readily collapsible. The units have been thrown down flights of stairs (they’re sturdy) and left in the rain (they don’t leak).