The Smart Palm is a high-tech installation, located in Dubai, that offers WiFi and device-charging in addition to directions, local information, seating and shade. The installation's design is based on the date palm tree, which is ubiquitous in Dubai and the other Emirates.
Located on the beach near the Burj Al Arab building, the Smart Palms are 6.5 meters tall. They are powered by 13.8 square meters of photovoltaic panels specially forged to fit the shape of the 'leaves' of the Smart Palms. These panels offer an efficiency of well over 21% and provide all the power required for each Smart Palm.
The Smart Palm is an aesthetically pleasing and technologically impressive feat. While the date palm that it takes inspiration from is a symbol of sustainability and nourishment, the Smart Palm will surely nourish the high-tech needs of locals and tourists alike.