Elaborate rocking chair automatically knits while you relax

Old people like to sit around all day knitting and rocking in their chairs — or at least that's what a bunch of familiar cliches would suggest — so why not combine those two activities in one artfully designed device?

Rocking-Knit was built by Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex from the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland to harness all of that geriatric rocking energy. As the person rocks back and forth, the movement turns a set of gears that activates the automated knitting machine. Before too long enough you have enough material to make a nice knit hat, just the thing to combat that other geriatric obsession, staying warm.

Rocking-Knit was created for the University's Low-Tech Factory design exhibition just held in Langenthal Switzerland. No word on whether they plan to actually go into production with this.

Check out the video to see Rocking-Knit in action.

University of Art and Design, via Treehugger

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