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 operator Orange, in partnership with the manufacturer Gemalto, decided to offer its customers SIM cards equipped with NFC chips.
Doggy Talky is an app for dogs that covers conversation, localisation and services. Launched by a Spanish company, the creators define it as a “Whatsapp for dogs”, where dog owners talk to each other using their dog’s profile.
The app has a GPS system that keeps users updated on the distance between two users, and helps you discover other dogs that live in your neighbourhood. Doggy Talky also includes useful information for dog owners such as pet shops, emergency vets, dog walkers, or adoption centres.
If you have a dog you can get join the community for free by creating a dog profile and explaining its needs: looking for friendship, going for a walk, etc.