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SOFT Rockers are Oscillating Recliners that Charge Your Gadgets Outdoors

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: May 7, 2011 • References: arts.mit.edu and core77
Come summertime, you may be faced with the decision of staying in to juice up your phone, or heading out into the rays to charge your own batteries, but happily, SOFT Rockers provide an excellent way to accomplish both.

A professor at MIT, Sheila Kennedy worked closely with a team of interns and Kennedy & Violich Architecture to design these teardop loungers fit to sit outside in Killian Court. Their appeal lies in a number of clever features, which include a solar panel strip on top, neon lighting added for after dark illumination and built-in battery and outlets compatible with cellphones and laptop computers. Where aesthetics are concerned, the SOFT Rockers have a contemporary elegance achieved through their bowed wooden forms, elaborate filigree detailing and comfortable inner organic curvatures.