HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Solar-Powered Smart Bench Charges Phones, Connects to WiFi

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Clever idea
Elizabeth M   7/31/2014 5:59:52 AM
NO RATINGS
While sometimes I think it's better not to be too connected to our mobile devices, it's become inevitable in our daily lives--especially in busy cities--to have our smartphones with us and charged when we're out and about. Soofas are a clever way to bring smart-city design ideas to urban furniture. Their use of solar power also shows forward thinking, as they aren't a drain on the power grid. I can see this type of urban furniture and other designs the Changing Environements team may come up with really taking off.

shehan
User Rank
Gold
Re: Clever idea
shehan   7/31/2014 12:03:32 PM
NO RATINGS
@Elizabeth- yes today we cannot survive without smartphones. Just imagine our busy life without it. These modern smartphones needs much power throughout the day. Energy efficient ways of charging is the only way to support the environment.

shehan
User Rank
Gold
Re: Clever idea
shehan   7/31/2014 12:07:11 PM
NO RATINGS
Its amazing to see how the solar panels could be embedded to furniture and other frequently used places to help mobile users.

Pubudu
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Clever idea
Pubudu   7/31/2014 1:08:00 PM
NO RATINGS
Elizabeth Thanks to sharing this novel news as usual, any way I would agree with your fist point
Mobile phones came to the market to be connected with the people when ever want it, But now it seems to be that we are connected to the phones than the people.

Pubudu
User Rank
Platinum
Not for Asia.............................
Pubudu   7/31/2014 1:18:01 PM
NO RATINGS
True Idea is pretty cool,
But shehan, this will not suit to the Asian countries, simply because I do not want to wait till my pone charged under the sun without any shelter thou my phone is ded.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Clever idea
Charles Murray   7/31/2014 7:30:30 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree it's a clever idea, Liz. When you sit on a bench in summertime, it's amazing how hot it can get. We might as well put that energy to good use.

shehan
User Rank
Gold
Re: Clever idea
shehan   7/31/2014 7:48:04 PM
NO RATINGS
@Pubudu – today when purchasing a mobile no one check for specifications to see if we can make calls, most of us check the Operating System , RAM, CPU, GPU etc. Today the expectation from a mobile phone has changed. 

shehan
User Rank
Gold
Re: Not for Asia.............................
shehan   7/31/2014 7:50:39 PM
NO RATINGS
@Pubudu – I think there would definitely be a solution for this. You could charge your phone quickly with a bit more amperage than the traditional charger. Additionally these solar panels could be located outside where you will be sitting inside having a snack while charging.  

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Solar-Powered Smart Bench Charges Phones, Connects to WiFi
Elizabeth M   8/4/2014 7:43:52 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, these benches will probably be more expensive but those costs could ndeed be supplemented by advertising, kaimagpie. There are also as you point out other potential uses for this technology as it evolves.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Clever idea
Elizabeth M   8/4/2014 8:02:15 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, smartphone batteries aren't what feature-phone batteries used to be. Though it's nice to think of life without always being connected, it's almost impossible in the modern world. So this is definitely helpful to the busy urbanite.

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest-running CEO, shares some of his thoughts on innovation, procrastination, and why you shouldn't put customers first.
Researchers at American University have produced chemically active structures that, not unlike living things, can actually do things on their own without an external power.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Course June 28-30:
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service