Boston area parks are soon becoming home to a new feature- the Soofa, a high-tech bench that uses solar power to charging mobile devices, first launched in 2013.
Your cell phone doesn’t just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?” Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says in a statement. “We are fortunate to have talented entrepreneurs and makers in Boston thinking creatively about sustainability and the next generation of amenities for our residents.”
The new bench can charge two mobile devices at a time, but require the user to provide their own charging cord. The Soofa will also collect and share data regarding noise levels and air quality for each location. At this time, the benches will be installed in the Boston Commons, Rose Kennedy Greenway and Sparrow Park.
The Soofa hits two birds with one stone- not only does it reflect the growing market for energy efficient technology, but also reflects the growing presence mobile devices have in daily life.
Read more here- “Boston Parks Get Solar-Powered Mobile Charging Benches,” (Lori Sandoval, Tech Times)
Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.