'Technology' normally means a gadget — but really, it's any technical invention that solves problems and improves lives. Often, the most important tech is the one you take completely for granted. Like shipping containers, which are explored in a book called The Box, which is one of the most fascinating things I've…
In Johannesburg, where student housing is sparse, one developer is taking extreme measures—by creating a 370-bed dormitory out of shipping containers perched atop a set of abandoned concrete grain silos.
Sometimes squeezing a foam ball just isn't an effective way to deal with stress. So if you're the head of a giant corporation, or even the president of a large country, consider having this self-contained portable sauna at your disposal.
Apparently Long Beach, California, is the world's second busiest port, with shipping containers a fairly normal view for residents. It therefore figures architecture firm APHIDoIDEA has proposed a building built using 65 recycled shipping containers.
This could be how we re-create a "white Christmas" in the future when the world is dead and barren. But right now it's an art installation called the "Hope Tree" that's actually built with paper within a shipping container.
When a Manhattan resident needed another bedroom, the only obvious option was to build up, using a recycled shipping container. Not only did he save money, but he gained a view of the Empire State Building in the process.
If you've got the space at your next BBQ, the Boxman is a swanky alternative to the plebeian tent or—gag!—lowly picnic table. Made from a converted shipping container, you're guaranteed to make your friends and neighbors feel inadequate.
How do you store three petabytes (that's 3,145,728 GB) of web pages for the Internet Archive? You put them in a datacenter housed in a shipping container.
Gridskipper's got a video of the Illy House in a Shipping Container, the shipping container that (surprise!) transformers into something you can actually live in. The thing takes a good amount of time to change—this ain't no Bumblebee—but something tells us that if Dexter was in one of these instead of a real shipping…