Example with a context (Tiny wind- and solar-powered 'Ecocapsule' promises ultimate getaway):

It's as if science fiction and all the biggest tiny-living trends came together and laid an adorably tricked-out egg: Behold the Ecocapsule, a self-sustaining, low-energy, portable dwelling that allows users to live off-grid anywhere in the world (that gets at least a decent amount of sunlight).

What does that actually mean?

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If something is "tricked out", someone has put a lot of time (and probably money), into adding cool features and designs to it. Usually I think of cars when I hear this. A tricked-out vehicle is one that has been painted and heavily customized with special parts you don't find on normal cars.

Tricked-out truck

These little egg-shaped homes have also been very carefully designed to contain a lot of awesome features. They are cool and trendy (to a certain kind of person, at least).


It is a combination of the metaphor of laying an egg and the expression tricked-out.

Tricked-out means decorated/made in such a way that it attracts people's attention.

They laid an egg here simply means together they created...

So the Ecocapsule looks as if it is something that has been created by combining science-fiction with all the biggest tiny-living trends. Furthermore, it has a sort of flair or maybe even extravagance, it catches the eye.

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