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This Rocking Chair Creates Energy While You Rock Your Little Ones To Sleep

By Sebrina Zerkus Smith |
Now you can help your little darlings drift off while you “experience production and consumption of electricity in a gentle and rewarding way” with the Murakami Chair.

Rocking children to sleep must date back many centuries. Coupled with a friendly book, there is just about no other place a little one would rather be than in Mom’s arms in the rocking chair.

Well now you can help your little darlings drift off while you “experience production and consumption of electricity in a gentle and rewarding way” with the Murakami Chair. Designed by Rochus Jacob, it uses the kinetic energy produced by a rocking motion to power an attached OLED lamp.

Winner of the designboom’s Green Life competition, this sleek, modern rocking chair uses nano-dynamo technology - built into the skids of the chair - and gently back and forth movement to create and store energy. The electricity is stored in an on-board battery pack during the day. In the evening, that stored power is used to light the attached lamp. The lampshade itself acts as a light source, so no bulb is required.

Why waste all that kinetic energy when you could make good use of it? So I say, keep it rocking!

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  • Elaine F. 4 years ago
    that's cool.
  • Joanne S. 4 years ago
    Very Creative & forward thinking idea :-)
  • Jess T. 4 years ago
    Its a great idea but while I'm rocking my baby to sleep I need it to be dark and I need arms on the chair to help support me while I'm holding the baby. If they added arms and the light could be turned off (and the energy stored in a battery for later) this would be great!
  • Brenda E. 4 years ago
    It would not be ideal to put your baby to sleep though. You need to keep the room dark so the baby will sleep.you could read a book while rocking I think or rock and talk to a child.
  • Kathy T. 4 years ago
    Every home should have one :)
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