SOFT Rocker – Solar Powered Sun Lounger

Professor Sheila Kennedy and architecture students at MIT has developed an interesting sun lounger with built-in solar recharger. They call it the SOFT rocker, which is an outdoor furniture that could be used as for study, while user can recharge their gadget.

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The SOFT Rocker has an intergrated solar panel along the bent roof, and it’s connected to the base with with built-in rechargeable battery and USB ports. The battery is a 12-ampere hour battery, which is sufficient to provide juice for devices even after sunset.

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This SOFT rocker also possible of using human power of balance to create 1.5 axis, 35 watt solar tracking system. When at night time, SOFT rocker has a built-in LED light system that looks very cool for park/yard/garden decoration.

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The leaf-like loop form of the SOFT Rockers explores how standard softwood panels can be mass-customized to adapt to the latitude and sun angle of any site using parametric design software and automated fabrication with a lightweight Kuka robotic arm. The SOFT Rocker combines hi-tech and low-tech design strategies: it produces electricity but engages the body and works like furniture “by hand”; it mixes sun tracking and social dynamics; it is a site specific object and a flexible form family of ‘soft’ wood construction. The SOFT Rocker blurs distinctions between pleasure and work and recasts power generation as an integrated and distributed public activity rather than a centralized, singular off-site project of engineering.

[via Freshome]

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