The Soofas in Boston, Massachusetts, is a series of public benches that have solar-power capabilities so as to charge people's phones and other devices as they sit back and relax. Set up in parks around the city, they will also "disseminate location-based information such as noise, temperature, and air pollution levels through a website," according to The Verge.
A first step towards introducing smart public furniture, Soofas in Boston will cost about $3000 each. Soofa co-inventor Sandra Richter says, "The possibilities to update the city for the mobile generation are endless and long overdue." Set to be distributed next week, the design is simple enough to complement any outdoor setting. The middle of the bench boasts a raised section that provides a USB outlet people can use to connect their devices to.
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