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An impression of the pods being constructed by Ocean Builders.

  • A company is building floating "living pods" that will be 3 meters above sea level.
  • The Ocean Builders' pods can be upgraded and cost as much as $1.5 million. 
  • Two people can live in the 73 square-meter dwellings in Linton Bay Marina, Panama. 
Ocean Builders, based in Panama, is building floating pod homes.

Prototype of floating pods.
It says its mission is to develop technology that makes oceans into an "eco-sustainable paradise."

Prototypes of floating pods.
The company claims the pods act as "fish aggregation devices … anytime you put something in the water that makes shade, it attracts sea life."

A view from above of the floating homes.
The company also says that after several years coral growth can create a "thriving underwater ecosystem."

Coral reef scenery with variety of fish.
A thriving marine eco-system.

Ocean Builders uses steel tubes to create the floating homes 3 meters above the water in Panama's Linton Bay Marina.

View of pod during a sunset.
The 73-square-meter floating homes will be upgradeable with new apps still being developed.

A view of a floating pod.
Ocean Builders chief executive Grant Romundt told CNN Travel it had "designed a home that floats on the water that gives you an experience of living on land, but even more."

A view of multiple floating pods in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by small islands.
The pods will cost between $295,000 to $1.5 million.

A man kayaking in front of five floating pods.
The design is sleek and minimalist.

A view from the kitchen into the outside.
The master bedroom affords "unparalleled panoramic views."

View of the master bedroom.
Ocean Builders is also developing an incinerator that will turn toilet waste into non-toxic ash, with the heat generated used to make hot water.

A view of the bathroom.
Romundt told CNN Travel that people will be able to order groceries using delivery drones. A separate autonomous vessel will collect garbage and make larger deliveries.

An unmanned drone for parcel delivery purposes.
Ocean Builders also offers the GreenPod and the EcoPod, which it claims are environmentally friendly.

A view of the GreenPods.
One buyer of the first 100 pods will be able to move in by the end of 2023, providing everything goes to plan, with production scheduled on a further 1,000 pods in 2024, CNN Travel reported.

Pods are seen above water.
Ocean Builders' Seapods are among other floating home concepts set to launch within the next few years. Off the coast of Dubai, Kleindienst Group is developing the Floating Seahorse which features an underwater bedroom and is part of a $5 billion mega-resort.

Floating homes at night.
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