Charge your phone on the go
Design studio PENSA has sketched solar powered mobile device chargers that can be attached to any street post. Everyone thought of it but the simplicity of this design and the use of solar power to make it cost-free (apart from maintenance) might make it a viable product. It comes with a tray for resting your handset or your cup of coffee while you check your e-mail.
Why it matters
If energy providers see this as an opportunity to engage positively with users in cities, they might consider other areas where they could provide a plug-in source such as gardens, boulevards, open-air malls or museums. But how can excessive freeloaders be deterred from abusing the system?
The Dailyplaces App, which is comparable to foursquare, has launched a new feature which allows users to create a virtual chat room in the place they just checked into. Other Users who stay at the same place are able to join the chat and communicate with other visitors.
Portuguese publisher Porto Editora has released high school text books as mobile phone apps, designed to help students prepare for their exams. The content is available both in text and audio formats.