Casual Solar Power: The SOFT Rockers At MIT [Pics]
The outdoor rocking furniture stores solar energy and can charge any USB device.
The SOFT Rockers, located in Killian Court at MIT, look like contemporary wooden furniture and feature clean energy charging stations. They were created by Sheila Kennedy, Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT and a small team of Design, Engineering and Architecture students.
With an interactive 1.5 axis 35 watt solar tracking system, the rockers store energy and lets you charge or run any USB device, so you can make a call on your smartphone or do some writing on your laptop. At night, a lighting loop inside the SOFT Rocker glows with an ambient light.