The good old fashioned rocking chair is as much of an antithesis to today's frenetically-paced lifestyle as you can get; even better when all that back and forth action can actually knit you a hat. For an exposition themed around low-tech ideas, Swiss students Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex of Lausanne's University of Art and Design (ECAL) concocted this multi-tasking contraption where a beanie is slowly knitted as the sitter rocks on.
Check out this video of the rocking chair in action:
For ECAL's "Low Tech Factory" show, students were asked to create human-powered designs that reconsider the idea and means of manufacturing. "Rocking Knit" and other similar ideas are a pointed challenge at modern methods of technological production, which may make many of the same thing fast, but disadvantages and disempowers people from making their own (not to mention propagating other unfortunate issues like sweatshop labour and industrial waste, and way too much stuff). Say the designers:
"Rocking-Knit" is a new interpretation of the rocking chair. It offers its user productive moments of relaxation. The to-and-fro movement of this armchair knits hats for the winter and requires no exertion whatsoever.
It might not be as game-changing as other human-powered devices we've seen (like this foot-activated washing machine for the developing world), but at least adds a touch of fun to the sleepy rocking chair. More over at ECAL.