Firm designs rocking chair to recharge iPads

13 Nov 2012

The iRock rocking chair

iPad owners may soon be able to charge their Apple tablet computers by rocking in a rocking chair.

Zurich, Switzerland, design firm MICASA LAB has created the iRock chair, a power-generated rocking chair, that, the company says, will recharge an iPad 3 to 35pc after rocking for one hour.

“You can also recharge any other Apple device,” the company says on its website for the iRock.

The rocking chair features an iPad dock on one arm and speakers on either side of the back rest. A set of gears and generator on the base of the chair transforms the rocking motion into power.

“Gone are the days when you could impress the friends with your old oak rocking chair,” MICASA LAB says.

“The iRock is an updated version of the traditional rocking chair. It’s a self-sufficient iPad dock and sound station, making that rocking motion worthwhile.”


The iRock, which is handcrafted out of Swedish pine wood, will be available in several colours and sells for US$1,300.

“The iRock is a 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,” says MICASA LAB.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic