A Rocking Chair That Charges Your Phone

A Rocking Chair That Charges Your Phone

Volta is the final project of four students from UC Berkeley, which harnesses a chair's rocking motion to generate energy

Emma Hutchings
  • 17 july 2015

Four undergraduate students from UC Berkeley designed a useful rocking chair that can generate energy through rocking back and forth. Nicknamed Volta, the chair was invented by Matthew Cheung, Jessica Chiu, Julia Solano and Nick Firmani as part of their final project for the Interactive Seating Design Competition. This interdisciplinary class is offered by the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, and the goal was for students to design “smart chairs” that improve some aspect of sitting with mechanical, electronic and software changes.

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