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How to Car Camp in a Toyota Prius

Earlier this year, we posted a report of a camper conversion kit for the Prius, but it was a permanent alteration that cost USD $40,000.  Now a removable tent extension has been developed by Habitents. Habitents doesn’t use any poles and is able to roll up small enough to store in your glove compartment – also [...]

Massive Hammock Tent Is a Portable Treehouse

Tentsile has taken the hammock tent concept and pushed it to an extreme. The picture above doesn’t do it full justice. There’s a third segment projecting out the back. The entire assembly can house five to eight people. And Tensile’s website suggests that they’re working on a twelve-person tent. Is it a good choice for backpacking? [...]

Guy Fowlkes Arrested in "Gunpowder Plot"

The headline makes it sound as if history is repeating itself, but this happened in Ocoee, Florida. Guy Swindell Fowlkes, 33, of Orlando, was working at the tent at Colonial Drive and Maguire Road but had made arrangements to work at another tent location, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the case. When his girlfriend [...]

How Does the President Conduct Secure Communications Abroad? In an Amazing Tent.

It’s not always practical for the President of the United States to go back to Air Force One to have private conversations without fear of eavesdropping. So the White House sets up a high-tech tent that permits him/her to talk with others securely. Such temporary structures are called Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities or SCIFs: This can [...]

The JakPak

(YouTube link) I knew I had seen this in The Museum of Possibilities. It’s a combination jacket, sleeping bag, and tent. All in one. Yes, you can buy this. Link -via the Presurfer

US Army Evaluating Solar Powered Tents

Advances in photovoltaic technology have led to the development of thin, flexible solar cells. It’s possible to build a tent out of them, and the US Army is considering acquiring and using such portable structures: The TEMPER Fly is a roughly 16-by-20-foot tent structure able to generate 800 watts of electricity. A QUADrant is a smaller [...]

Transparent Luxury Bubble Tents for Campers

French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has created a set of inflatable tents that he hopes will change the way that people go camping: But they are far from the traditional camping trip – decked out with wardrobes, shelves and electric lights, the bubbles look more like a movable hotel room than a regular tent. Launched this year, [...]

Khan Shatyry

Khan Shatyry Entertainment Center (“Royal Marquee”) is a giant transparent tent in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. The architectural project was unveiled by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on 9 December 2006.The 150m-high (500 ft) tent has a 200m elliptical base covering 140,000 square meters. Underneath the tent, an area larger than 10 [...]