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Flower Powered Public Seating

Je Sung Park Creates Solar Powered Petal Bench That Closes at Night

— January 25, 2010 — Lifestyle
The Petal Bench by Je Sung Park provides an organic shape with state-of-the-art technology. Public seating’s never seen this kind of innovation: The Petal Bench looks like a flower, and each petal is a seat. During the day, the top of the Petal Bench collects solar power. At night, the bench senses the dark, closes up its petals (just like a flower), and rests for the night.

The only foreseeable problem with the Petal Bench would be if it needed to be used at night. But Je Sung Park is a smart guy, so he probably took that into consideration.
Trend Themes
1. Solar-powered Public Seating - The use of solar power technology in public seating introduces a sustainable solution for communities in urban areas.
2. Organic-shaped Furniture - The innovative design of the Petal Bench introduces a new trend in the creation of public seating that features organic shapes rather than traditional rectangular shapes.
3. Automated Public Furniture - The bench's ability to sense darkness and automatically close its petals introduces a disruptive innovation opportunity for the future of automated and responsive public furniture design.
Industry Implications
1. Urban Planning - The solar-powered Petal Bench presents a solution for urban planners seeking more sustainable and innovative public seating designs in cities.
2. Architecture and Design - The organic shape and automated features of the Petal Bench create potential opportunities for architects and designers to re-imagine the design of public seating that goes beyond traditional ideas.
3. Renewable Energy - The use of solar power in the innovative design of the Petal Bench creates an opportunity for the renewable energy industry to find more creative solutions for solar panel integration in everyday items.
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