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Are you afraid that some day, when you’re old and greying, technology will consider you redundant instead of the other way around?

Well, here’s an invention that will keep you feeling useful even when you’re too old to walk. Micasa Lab, a design studio in Zurich is currently developing the iRock, an energy-efficient rocking chair that can transform energy from its rocking motion to charge your iPad or iPhone.

How does it work? The leg of the chair has embedded in it a small power generator which harnesses the rocking movement with a set of gears and converts kinetic energy into electric energy to charge any of your Apple devices, including the latest iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

Real Reviews: iRock - The world’s first power generating iPad Rocking Chair

However, you had better start working out now to be able to enjoy this rocking chair in your senior years. To charge your iPad by 35 percent, you will need to keep rocking your chair for an hour. That’s a whole lotta swaying if you ask us!

However, you had better start working out now to be able to enjoy this rocking chair in your senior years. To charge your iPad by 35 percent, you will need to keep rocking your chair for an hour. That’s a whole lotta swaying if you ask us!

The iRock, being marketed as ‘the world’s first power generating iPad Rocking Chair’ will be priced at a steep $1,300 (Rs 70,440). The chair comes equipped with an iPad dock at the armrest to enable comfortable reading and 25 watt stereo speakers built into the backrest.

Oh yeah, the chair itself is crafted from pinewood and will be available in five different colors. But who cares about such old-fashioned details?

While the chair itself may be considered an indulgent toy at this point, its makers say the iRock explores how furniture can interact with technology. They hope this invention will sensitize users to the potential of harnessing alternative forms of energy (movement being the most freely available and cost-free) to power our fast-growing collection of electronic devices.

Product: iRock

Estimated price: $1,300 (Rs 70,440)

Where to buy? The iRock is currently in development. For more information, visit www.irocknow.ch

Images courtesy Micasa Lab