MIT soft rocker   solar powered sun lounger MIT soft rocker   solar powered sun lounger
may 06, 2011

MIT soft rocker solar powered sun lounger

soft rocker – solar powered recharging station all images by philip ropert, courtesy of MIT

soft rocker‘ is a solar powered outdoor rocking lounger whereby you can relax and recharge your electronics. developed by architecture students at MIT, lead by professor sheila kennedy, the furniture piece uses the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis, 35 watt solar tracking system. the lounger utilizes a 12-ampere hour battery storing the solar energy harvested during sunlight hours so you to charge your gadgets even after sunset.

a number of ‘soft rockers’ are currently installed within MIT’s killian court for use until the end of this weekend.

up close of the ‘soft rocker’

the loungers make for a good place to socialize and engage in group work

the solar powered charging station

the battery also allows you to turn on a strip of light tape that runs along the interior of the lounger

via dvice

  • ugly

    sceptic says:
  • Why aren’t the specific students and faculty credited?

    garthbook says:
  • why MIT ‘ designs are so ugly to look at?
    we can’t even see what’s behing it, the cover is repulsive.

    sceptic2 says:
  • oh yeah, casemodstyle….ugly

    lalala says:
  • love it love i love it love it luvvvv it lu lu lu lu love it oooh mmm

    d says:
  • really really cool idea I just wished they hadn’t used the detaining under the main lounge structure. It takes away from the modern simplicity of the piece

    PM says:
  • very ugly!

    spiderman says:
  • waste of materials, who needs that structure to charge his/her electronic device!? this is not clever!

    a.a says:
  • I think this is a great idea, especially for a college campus. I also think it’s pretty neat. Not ugly.

    :) says:
  • I think I like the current design and I believe it’s a good idea, but it still has a very ‘prototype’ feel to it. The overall design could use a bit more work, I don’t know if wood is the right medium, or maybe it is but the design needs to change.

    Overall I like it though.

    Babet says:
  • Epic

    PussyCat says:
  • I like the overall form.

    toeyteyid says:
  • This is a super-ugly creation, but it got a lot of attention in the news and on the net due to its MIT origin. Nonetheless anything that heightens the awareness of what solar power can do is a good thing.

    Delia Ann Kennedy says:
  • I want one for my backyard

    Where can I get one

    Scott says:
  • It’s brilliant, not ugly.

    Think pragmatically, not aesthetically.

    Jeffery says:
  • It’s nice

    Raj Srivastav says:
  • Brilliant! But scrap the excess design on it and keep it simple as possible. The whole point is to be modern and organic anyway.

  • This is very cool. I love the shape and the touches of pierce work, I only wish it as finished in a more exciting wood.

    David Lily says:

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