Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 24, 2017
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Boston's new Soofas, solar-powered benches with USB ports

“Your cell phone doesn’t just make phone calls,” Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh recently said. “Why should our benches just be seats?” Soofas are solar-powered benches with USB ports that’ll charge electronic devices for free. Developed by a three-woman team at Changing Environments, a MIT Media Lab spinoff, the benches have already been installed in three Boston parks. The “smart urban furniture” also tracks how many people have visited each bench in a single day, how many hours of solar charging it’s provided, and the park’s air quality and noise level. The info is viewable at [soofa.co] (http://www.soofa.co).

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