François Chambard from UM Project intrigued everyone with his innovative line of interconnected furniture called Patch. This is not just furniture, basically, it’s a real energy source, which is enough for a whole apartment.
Each piece of furniture has small batteries turning it into its own mini power station. With all the pieces connected, including a battery packed solar panel case/bench, it turns into a microgrid that can distribute enough solar energy to power a micro apartment. While most electrical networks are out of sight, Patch changes that by letting the connections and circuitry live on display. Patch charges in just eight hours with a run time of 24 hours without sunlight.
The green piece is outfitted with solar panels and is made from recycled HDPE plastic and aluminum. The blue piece houses a charging port and power outlet and comprises 250 glass-enameled interconnecting tiles. The yellow piece incorporates crisscrossing amble glass tubes and gold colored wires, an idea similar to a utility pole. The brown piece is made from 200 phenolic tubes, an old industrial plastic often found in early transistor radios. It contains built-in lighting and sound. And lastly, the red piece, which is a large light box, is made using printed glass panels that give a moiré effect.