There is an innovator deep down in all of us and someday, we all hope to invent something that is truly kickass. Thankfully, while we actually get down to it, there are others out there keeping the torch shining brightly, until we take over of course. The latest innovation in line with the phrase, “Hey, why didn’t I think of that!” is a great one.
Soofa – and no, this is not the wrong spelling of sofa – is an amazing creation that can be put to use in our everyday lives. It helps clean up the environment among other things too, and for this reason alone, is a great innovation. What is it? A bench. So what does it do? A lot more than just sit there that’s for sure.
How does Soofa work?
Yes, Soofa is a bench, but a very different one. This bench is powered by the sun, which will store energy and provide it to those in need of a quick charge for their phones and tablets while they hang around waiting for the bus. With the ability to charge two devices at a time, it’s a great place to strike up conversations too!
Apart from its phone charging abilities, Soofa keeps an eye on the environment too by collecting urban environmental data such as noise and air pollution levels.
Connected to Verizon’s 4G LTE wireless network, this information is relayed to a dedicated website that displays this information for everyone to see. Other information includes the number of solar hours the particular bench has provided, a weather forecast, and even numbers of passersby.
The makers of Soofa say that they hope the product reactivates the city to create a new shared social experience.
To top it all, every bench has a unique name to boast of too. Now, does that sound like a normal bench to you?
Where can I find one?
These solar powered benches have moved beyond the creation stage and its popularity and plans under discussion suggest that Soofa will be put to use on quite a wide scale across the US. For now, it has made its debut in Boston where the project is being funded by Cisco and the city does not have to pay a dime. A bench, Hedy, even made it to the White House for the Maker Faire!
So, the next time your mobile phone is out of juice, simply look around for a Soofa. While your phone is charging, have a chat, and give your weary legs a break!