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?
What’s the one thing people don’t leave home without? Their mobile phones. CardMobili is a mobile phone that contains digital versions of all of your loyalty cards. This provides a new way of sharing promotions with consumers as well creating more opportunity for personalised communications. Cardmobili makes loyalty cards accessible anytime, anywhere in the world.
Scanbucks is an iPhone application that turns your supermarket into a playground. The rule is simple: scan the barcodes of the products the game asks you to find. Every time you scan a product and check-in the store, you win “scanbucks”. You can then convert them into gifts, iTunes credits, etc.