Harnessing solar energy in the home doesn’t have to involve bulky solar panels on your roof. Enter Lucio, the light-harvesting table that uses not only sunlight, but artificial indoor light as well to charge your gadgets.
The small table from Italian company Studio Natural requires no external energy, so its placement isn’t hindered by the need to place it near an outlet. Light-harvesting panels make up the table’s surface, collecting sunlight and ambient light from its environment.
Lucio stores the power that it harvests and acts as a mobile charging station for phones, tablets, and other gadgets. Built-in outlets provide convenient spots for plugging in all of your rechargeable whatnots. We have a feeling, however, that using the Lucio as an actual table – to set your drinks on, for example – would hinder its effectiveness as a charging station.
A wide channel down the middle of the table lets your gadgets sit comfortably and securely as they charge. Find a nice sunny spot next to the window to plant the Lucio and your iPad can charge without the guilt that comes with using excessive fossil fuels.
“Light is a vital element, all the spaces we live must have the correct lighting so that they can be enjoyed at their best, both during the day thanks to the sun and artificially at night. From this reflection Lucio was born, an element that can store and return energy within the home. Lucio, thanks to its solar panels and a battery, is able to store the brightness present in the spaces where we live and transform it into energy to recharge smartphones and tablets. Lucio is a piece of furniture, an energetic island for living areas that can live away from the walls where the classic sockets are present, a flexible element that channels the brightness to transform it into an everyday resource.”
“We live in houses constantly dominate by the light, during the day by sunlight and on night by artificial light. We need light to live our spaces, for our wellness and to make most of the activities inside domestic walls. With the project Lucio we designed a furniture elements that storage energy from the inside light to charge the tools that we daily use like smartphone and tablet. Lucio is an energy point into living space, a charging island that stay far away from the wall plugs.”