MIT SOFT Rockers have it all. With them you can enjoy a quiet time out in the open, but still take pleasure in the benefits of technology, as well as enjoy the unusual design that is sure to draw attention.
Ok, so what is the MIT SOFT Rocker? It’s a solar powered charging station and a simple relaxing rocking chair created by a team of MIT students under the guidance of Sheila Kennedy, a professor who bravely combines technology and design. In their words this product “leverages its environment in a dynamic manner by using the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis 35 watt solar tracking system”. The battery that gets charged is a 12 ampere-hour piece that can store energy of the sun and thus enable charging of electronic devices even at night. Through the use of parametric design software they have managed to adjust the panels to the angle of the sun.
When it comes to the design side of the MIT SOFT Rockers, it is made of light soft wood that is curved on one side to provide proper support for the user. On the other side, the ends of the curved panel are connected using a simple box that houses charging ports. The interior part of the SOFT Rocker also includes a light tape that, apart from serving its primary function of illuminating, also provides an amazing look at night. [via]
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