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."
May 13, 2011 by Amelia Walkley