Multi-Socket Solar Dokk Takes Design Cues From Pill Bug

Now here’s a concept: a solar charger that can juice up more than one gadget at a time. Now, here’s the concept design: the Solar Dokk by designer Seo Seung Hyun, a charger that maximizes both surface area and sockets through flexible, versatile design.

The Solar Dokk, which won the Red Dot Award according to Greenlaunches, has a circular shape that efficiently provides maximum surface area without bulk, thanks to a design inspired by the Armadillidium vulgare, or “pill bug.” The bug, which normally lays flat, rolls itself into a ball when it gets excited by bending its armored sections. The Solar Dokk socket board can likewise bend its divided sections into a circular shape, allowing for multiple gadgets to plug into its hidden sockets without decreasing solar surface area.

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image via Greenlaunches

Although the designer admits that there are still some technical obstacles that will need to be overcome before the Solar Dokk becomes a reality, he’s confident that this multi-socket charger design poses an attractive possibility for solar gadget-charging in the near future.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.