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EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

Posted By Mike Chino On February 16, 2010 @ 2:18 pm In Green Design Competitions,green gadgets,Greener Gadgets,Interactive Objects,Kinetic Energy,Renewable Energy | 3 Comments

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We love gadgets that glean energy from everyday actions, so we were thrilled to find this energy-generating rocking chair among this year’s 18 Greener Gadgets Design Competition [1] finalists. Perfect for on-the-go travelers at airports or cafes, the Empower [2] chair harnesses kinetic energy [3] from its swing and makes it available via usb [4] and standard outlets so that you can talk, text, or type while you rock. Never fight for the last plug at the airport again!

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Designed by Ryan Klinger, the Empower [2] chair is made from recyclable materials and can be completely flatpacked [5] for easy shipping. The glider’s hinges are hooked up to a kinetic energy generator and a lithium ion battery that stores energy every time you swing, and low-energy LED lights give you the heads up on how much power you’ve created.

This year’s design competition [6] is now closed to online voting, but there’re still a few days left to reserve your spot at the Greener Gadgets Conference [7] to catch the exciting live judging of this year’s entries. The deadline is this Friday, so register today [8], and use the code BLOG10 for a 10% discount!

+ Empower [2]

+ Greener Gadgets Conference [7]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Greener Gadgets Design Competition: http://cea.mblast.com/ws/wfaward/rsp/vote2.asp?GUID=204654

[2] Empower: http://cea.mblast.com/ws/wfaward/rsp/votenomination.asp?SessionID=3849117

[3] kinetic energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/kineticenergy/

[4] usb: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/11/illumicharger-adds-solar-usb-charging-to-any-wall/

[5] flatpacked: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/29/flat-pack-prefabs-could-provide-relief-in-haiti/

[6] design competition: http://www.greenergadgets.com/index.php/design-competition/

[7] Greener Gadgets Conference: http://greenergadgets.com/

[8] register today: http://registration2.experient-inc.com/showCEA101/Default.aspx

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