A Solar Powered, iPod Music Sharing Seat

We’ve seen some interesting ideas for solar powered public seating–namely, MIT’s Soft Rocker chair–but we’re not sure what to make of the Tsuka Pod by designer Eleanor Lawson of San Jose, California.

On one hand, this solar powered public seating concept provides a shaded place to sit and juice for your MP3 player, courtesy of the leaf-like green sunshade (which incorporates solar cells).  This sunshade can be easily adjusted to protect the fair skin of those seated below while soaking up the most of the sun’s rays, providing 2.8 kilowatts of power per hour.

Tsuka Pod

image via Eleanor Lawson

On the other hand, the idea appears to be that you’ll plug your portable music player into the Tsuka Pod system and actually share your tunes with your fellow park-goers, via a central speaker system, also powered by solar. According to the designer, the Tsuka Pod was designed to allow two people to sit close and share a single music environment.

As sweet as that idea is, we wonder is there really a burning need for outdoor, communal, MP3 sharing?  Here at ET, we think this idea would make more sense in amplifying concerts through distributed, solar-powered speakers. Just a thought.

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.