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Solar-Powered Smart Bench Charges Phones, Connects to WiFi

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Elizabeth M
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Clever idea
Elizabeth M   7/31/2014 5:59:52 AM
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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.

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shehan   7/31/2014 12:03:32 PM
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@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.

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shehan   7/31/2014 12:07:11 PM
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Its amazing to see how the solar panels could be embedded to furniture and other frequently used places to help mobile users.

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Not for Asia.............................
Pubudu   7/31/2014 1:18:01 PM
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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.

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shehan   7/31/2014 7:50:39 PM
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@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.  

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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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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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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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Elizabeth M   8/4/2014 8:02:15 AM
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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.

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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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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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Pubudu   7/31/2014 1:08:00 PM
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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.

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shehan   7/31/2014 7:48:04 PM
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@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. 

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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. 

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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   8/4/2014 8:15:20 AM
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I know exactly what you mean, Pubudu. I am lucky that I live in a relatively quiet place and don't need to be so mobile-device-connected. But still it feels like too necessary of an evil sometimes.

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Charles Murray   7/31/2014 7:30:30 PM
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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.

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Elizabeth M   8/4/2014 7:43:52 AM
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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.

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SOLAR-POWERED SMART BENCHES
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. 

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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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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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