Don’t you hate it when your charge runs out of your phone whilst you are out of your house? I know I have been caught out a few times and let me tell you, it’s really annoying!
You could always shell out some money and purchase a battery case for your handset; but if you are away from a charging point all day and you use your handset for labor intensive (therefore battery-draining) applications, you are still going to run out of juice sooner or later.
I wouldn’t worry about it too much, especially if you are a visiting a Boston-area park in the near future. You will soon be able to sit, relax and charge your mobile device, whilst taking in the scenery.
These clever information points are called ‘Soofas’ and are basically solar-powered benches. The Soofa will also broadcast location-based information such as temperature and air pollution levels through a website. The high-tech bench was first piloted back in 2013 and has since been upgraded to now include a larger seating area and the capacity for two phones to be charged simultaneously via a USB port.
Changing Environments CEO and Soofa co-inventor Sandra Richter says in a statement.” Soofa is the first step into smart urban furniture…The possibilities to update the city for the mobile generation are endless and long overdue.”
The company is a startup which came out of MIT Media Lab, a research laboratory that is known for unique innovations such as shapeshifting furniture. According to Yahoo Tech, each Soofa costs an estimated $3,000 and will come with a 25-year guarantee from Changing Environments.
In the future, Soofas may feature inductive charging stations similar to those being deployed in Starbucks coffe houses.
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