Smart Benches Coming to Boston Parks
Various parks around Boston, to include Titus Sparrow Park in the South End, the Boston Common, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, will be receiving smart benches known as “Soofas” over the next week. The benches, which were shown off for the first time at a White House meeting for innovators and entrepreneurs, were invented by MIT Media Lab product Changing Environments, which is a Verizon Innovation Program. Solar panels are incorporated in the benches, allowing visitors to charge their phones while taking a break from the activities located at the Boston parks. Besides providing virtually endless power to charge cellular phones, the benches can also connect wirelessly to the Internet through the Verizon network, sharing location-based environmental information such as air quality and noise data.
Source: The Boston Globe