- August 1, 2016; Vol. 3, Number 8

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An iPhone You Can Live Inside: The dumpster meets the Internet of Things

by Greg Vellante

For most people, the terms “dumpster” and “home” are not often used in the same sentence. For Jeff Wilson, aka Professor Dumpster, this combination led him to something that could breathe new life into the ever-growing trends of multifamily housing, tiny homes and the Internet of Things.

He calls the new creation an “iPhone you can live in,” because of its small size and tech-rich devices such as Nest thermostats, solar panels and self-tinting smart glass.

Wilson, a professor and dean at Huston-Tillotson University, decided to embark on a social and educational experiment where he lived in a used, 33-square-foot trash dumpster for a year.

After six months, the temperatures inside started to rise to upwards of 132 degrees, so Wilson equipped the dumpster with air conditioning and electricity. And after nine months, he came to a conclusion.

Aside from the setbacks, Wilson noticed a lot of benefits from his experiment.

His dumpster home wa

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