Move Your Energy by Novague

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Prague design studio Novague have proposed a rocking chair containing a dynamo that powers a reading light.

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The rocking motion is converted to electricity that powers the light.

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Here's some info from Novague:

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Move Your Energy is a power-independent rocking chair with a LED lamp designed especially for reading. The lamp is run by dynamo which changes the mechanic energy obtained by rocking to electric energy. You produce energy needed for lighting on your own.

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A simple kinematic arrangement is placed beneath the seat. Mechanism is similar to those used in steam engines and it works together with a sliding lever that runs a flywhell disc while you rock. Produced energy is either deposited in batteries or it supplies the LED lamp.

The principal aims of this concept were to arouse a discussion about „How to achieve the energetic self-sufficiency in the future“ and to make public think about how much energy we could save if we produce energy needed for common day-to-day activities on our own and moreover by amazing and spontaneous way that is friendly to enviroment.

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Posted on Saturday, April 11th, 2009 at 12:05 am by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • hawk

    this is nice! kinetic energy really is the power we need.. free and (at least) effective… i’m just wondering if the chair will split after some time. lol :))

  • Will

    Does a chair really need to have all that engineering and look like that just to power a LED light which can be powered for free in many different ways (power can be created out of lemons, engineered bacteria, current solar technology, plus many more). I think the discussion of ‘energetic self-sufficiency’ have been overshadowed by what is a very stylised and probably more wasteful design of a chair. Maybe one way to go would be to show how very familier interactions we have with current objects would create energy to power such things. All this design for a LED light? I realise energy is an important topic but this seems false.

  • Zeynep

    it’s not comfortable to read book when you are swinging.

  • WMD

    Masochists chair- would be great for reading Dostoevsky.

  • http://www.proffyprofZ.com Prof. Z: parlour games

    ignorant really. All the energy used to create this chair would be much much much more than the amount of energy you are going to use for that LED during your usage of the chair.
    One of the most naive projects i have seen for a while.

  • abdulqadirabas

    When i got this chair,i took out the reading lights and put it on my workstation because it looks nice as a standalone object.I wondered,why they didn’t hide the red and blue wires because it was disturbing the sleek looks of the chair.After that, I took out the big dynamo and begin staring at the chair again.It’s nicer :p

  • obayashi

    As with some here, I’m also skeptical about the practicality of this rocking chair to power the light for reading. I will seriously have a headache having to rock and read at the same time.

    Mechanics aside, the chair does look very appealing itself and will do well without being a rocking chair fussed with unnecessary devices.

    The rendering also looked great !

  • justin

    “The principal aims of this concept were to arouse a discussion about „How to achieve the energetic self-sufficiency in the future“ and to make public think about how much energy we could save if we produce energy needed for common day-to-day activities on our own and moreover by amazing and spontaneous way that is friendly to enviroment.”

    Sounds like this discussion is the whole point of designing it in the first place. One that note, this chair should probably not be made using plastic components (some of which are unnecessary, such as the dynamo mechanism casing). Plastic is oil, after all.

  • http://www.winifredwikkeling.com/blog royal creme

    Does it require this level of sleek discomfort to address the issue energetic self-sufficiency? I will certainly not entertain the idea of a reading chair without arm rests!

  • chrisR

    I have a dynamo flashlight, much smaller than this novelty contraption. If the chair could illuminate a book using the heat from your body I would be impressed.

  • slater

    It appears that the main body of the chair is to be seamless, i’d love to see how they intend to form that piece (or pieces). I love the lines but have to agree with the discomfort issues pointed out (reading and rocking, no arms), perhaps a second study could iron out those details…

  • diego

    What a useless exercise! talking of exercise, why not rather put pedals in front, like an exercise bike,that way you get exercise while you sit and read and actually work for it without the headache. oh no, its been done before, damn. Okay, i see the logic then!

  • Roger

    Austin Powers would like it

  • Julia

    Do they still make this chair? Where can I buy one?