Boston Using Solar-Powered Benches as Phone Charging Stations
July 1, 2014 1:09 PM
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They're rolling out over the next week
Benches won't just be benches in some parts of Boston anymore -- they'll also be outdoor
for consumer electronics.
According to the
city of Boston
, it plans to install benches called "Soofas," which are solar-powered, outdoor charging stations that also collect information like air quality and noise level data.
The city of Boston teamed up with MIT Media Lab firm Changing Environments to make the benches, which will be deployed in Boston areas including Titus Sparrow Park in the South End, the Boston Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Not only will the Soofas provide extra seating area for citizens and tourists, but they'll also allow two phones to be charged at a time.
A Soofa [SOURCE: City of Boston]
“Your cell phone doesn’t just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “We are fortunate to have talented entrepreneurs and makers in Boston thinking creatively about sustainability and the next generation of amenities for our residents.”
The Soofa benches are expected to be rolled out over the next week with testing continuing in areas like Babson College and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For the Bostonians out there, you can submit ideas for names of the Soofas in each park by July 11 through Twitter to @mysoofa or via the website, soofa.co. If your idea is picked, you'll be invited to visit designers at the MIT Media Lab and see how Soofa came to be.
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What is this?
7/1/2014 2:33:10 PM
They took a bench, put a solar paneled box on it and said tada?
OMG, this is junk. I could have designed something much better.
It could be used for getting out of the sun (shade) and gasp, even the rain!
In fact, you could have this for bus stops so *gasp* it could even generate electricity for the city!
Oh wait, I'm starting to think common sense. I'd shut up now because the idiots in city hall don't know about that. Only the $$$ which is coming to them from a lobbist!
RE: What is this?
7/2/2014 6:43:54 PM
Yeas lets put the solar panel on top so we get shade and protection from the rain and snow. For only a few pennies more that would come with a Tesla!!
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