This piece of furniture is the SOFT Rocker, a smart, clean energy charging “station” disguised as outdoor rocking lounge furniture.
The SOFT Rocker uses the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis 35 watt solar tracking system – the curved, solar-panel-covered seats rotate to keep them facing the sun, also creating energy from the rocking motion made when people climb inside. Soft power electronics charge the 12 ampere-hour battery and store solar energy harvested during the day. You can charge or run any USB device from speakers to cell phones whilst enjoying cool lighting loops at night for social gatherings or relaxing alone.
The SOFT Rocker combines art with hi-tech and low-tech design: it 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.