MIT has a habit of fostering the creative minds that envision our future.  So it should be no surprise to hear that these chairs, called SOFT rockers, come from architecture professor Sheila Kennedy and a team of students at MIT.

A built-in battery is automatically recharged when the sun appears thanks to a set of solar panels.  But that’s not the only eco credit this getup has.  Since they’re rocking chairs, the kinetic energy from shifting your weight back and forth can also be captured.

A set of internal lights can be powered off the battery for night time reading, while a USB plug charges whatever compatible gadgets you might be stowing in your pocket or backpack.

Still not convinced?  Go checkout them out.  They’re on display at the Killian Court at MIT in Boston, MA.


Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."