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Solar-Powered Smart Bench Charges Phones, Connects to WiFi

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Elizabeth M
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Re: SOLAR-POWERED SMART BENCHES
Elizabeth M   8/7/2014 7:54:32 AM
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Thanks, bobjengr. The benches are being designed and developed and tested at the moment. I think the company also has an early adopter program but the benches aren't available broadly yet on the commercial market. I think so, but you'd best contact them to find out for sure. Sorry, I seem to have missed that in the story. I'm also not sure of the cost. The website is www.soofa.co

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Cabe Atwell   8/6/2014 6:22:44 PM
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Neat. Only works in the day.

Great idea to keep the homeless population charged and such. That is, if they have any gear.

C

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bobjengr   8/6/2014 5:06:41 PM
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This is truly a fantastic idea.  Really smart.  I have so many aps running I need to charge two or three times per day.  This "smart bench" represents out-of-the-box thinking and emphasizes we can use the resources available to us to for our benefit. I would love to know how much a solar module costs and who would furnish the devices; i.e. city, park commission, etc etc. I may have missed it but I don't think the video indicated.  Are the devices commercialized as yet or still being tested?   Great post Elizabeth. 

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/5/2014 6:08:08 AM
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I think this aspect of the mobile device--the personal assistant--is actually a good one, Pubudu. I definitely use my phone for this purpose. But you're right in that it does make us more dependent on them than we might like to be.

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Elizabeth M   8/5/2014 5:45:34 AM
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Yes, well there was a law enacted I think in France that made it illegal for people to check their work email after a certain time, Pubudu. So all hope is not lost for having a more sane work life even in the era of being always connected.

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NadineJ   8/4/2014 5:19:23 PM
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@Pubudu - that's an easy fix.  Turn the bench into a shelter.  Or even better, have this bench in front of a food vendor. 

I'll charge my phone while eating cong you bing any morning!

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Re: Clever idea
Pubudu   8/4/2014 1:08:28 PM
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Yes it is impossible Elizabeth, legally we are working 8hr per day, but virtually we are working 24hr per day cause of the mobile phones.  

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Pubudu   8/4/2014 1:03:05 PM
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True shehan You are right, heavy sun rice is the first thing that comes to mind, it's a matter of design it...................

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Pubudu   8/4/2014 1:00:33 PM
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Very true Shehan, that is because the main purpose of having a mobile phone has been changed, it's not a connecting device any more, now it's something like having a digital personal assistance. 

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/4/2014 8:16:09 AM
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Solar panels are clearly not just for rooftops or large installations anymore, that's for sure, shehan. They're being found to help power lots of new inventions.

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