Serbian student/entrepreneur group Strawberry Energy has created what many will be calling the most functional piece of public seating of all time. The Strawberry Tree is a bench featuring solar panels and outlets for charging gadgets on-the-go.
How many times has your phone run out of battery or your laptop needed a few more minutes of juice to complete that important assignment? Strawberry Energy's Strawberry Tree would eliminate that problem forever and then some. Not only does the Strawberry Tree provide a clean source of electricity but it also encourages social interaction with strangers. Sitting on a bench for a few minutes while your phone charges sounds like a great way to meet some friends to me.
Strawberry Energy plans to expand the capabilities of the Strawberry Tree by eventually adding WiFi access. For now, Strawberry Energy will try to turn its recent nomination for the Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2011 into a win.