Boston pedestrians are getting the first look at the next generation of urban design. It's called the Soofa, and it's a solar-powered bench that charges your phone.
The Soofa was developed by Changing Environments, a three-woman dream team trying to bring the bench into the 21st century.
“We want to make cities updated for our generation,” Sandra Richter, one of the three inventors of the Soofa, said in an interview with Yahoo Tech. “One trait we have is we run around with our phones all the time, and they die every five minutes. So for us it’s really important to be charged up all the time and be connected to each other.”
All Soofas are packed with onboard sensors that track air pressure, noise level, temperature, visitor traffic, and a bench's USB availability. If your battery is waning, a quick visit to the Soofa website will help you find a great place to take break while your device charges.
The first-generation Soofas don't come with plugs for your devices. If you live in Boston and want to try a Soofa, you'll have to bring your own.