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19° & PARTLY CLOUDY ON SUNDAY 21 DECEMBER IN SYDNEY

Recharge Between Classes in Solar-Power Seats

A team from MIT have created outdoor furniture which can charge your phone and computer by solar-power.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology looks like a rad place to study. Dotted around Killian Court in the university grounds are SOFT Rockers, solar powered lounge chairs which let you recharge yourself and your electronics between classes. The seats rotate on an axis to soak up the sun, and the rocking motion created when you sit inside generates extra electricity. All of which powers three USB ports plus a light strip on the inside of the chair.

Professor Sheila Kennedy and a team of students created this concept for the Festival of Art+Science+Technology (FAST) as a sustainable alternative to “conventional ‘hard’ urban infrastructure.”

[Via Engadget]

Published on May 13 , 2011 by

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