jennie On August - 17 - 2012

soft rocker lounge chair 1 Tech Friendly Lounge Chair

An amazing tech-friendly lounge chair developed by architecture students at MIT, lead by professor Sheila Kennedy, the chair is called  “SOFT Rocker”. It is a lounge chair where one can rest, while recharging the batteries of different devices. The system that makes this possible uses the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis, 35 watt solar tracking system. The lounger also uses a 12-ampere hour battery storing the solar energy harvested during sunlight hours, making it possible to charge gadgets after sunset as well. 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 chair 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.

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