iRock – A Power Generating iPad Rocking Chair
The iRock ($1.300) is an product that explores how furniture can interact with technology and actually support the power for this technology. Movement is energy and to collect as much of this energy as possible is one of our future challenges. The laws of physics dictates how movement and friction constantly creates a vast amount of energy that in most cases are lost. iRock is a attempt to collect some of this energy and put it to real use. Regular rocking will add +35% to the duration of the battery. You can also recharge any other apple device. The iRock is handcrafted out of Swedish pine wood and comes in 5 Different colors.
“The development of the iRock was a bumpy road. The main challenge was to get the generator working efficient. After trying out several designs we finally got it right and with a set of gears we’re now able to get sufficient power to charge the built in battery that in it’s turn are charging the iPad/iPhone. A concept we were working on for quite some time was the use of rubber bands and springs to increase the effect of the movement but we ended up with a solution using a winding mechanism that is geared up to run the generator.
After long nights at the lab, loads of cold pizza and warm beer, problems that seemed not having solutions and solutions that offered yet new problems we are proud and happy to have not only figured out how to do it, we have learned enough to apply power generating mechanisms to doors, drawers and stairs,” explains Switzerland based Micasa Lab. ❚