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 start-up Everpurse is planning to launch bags that can charge the battery of an iPhone. The first collection consists of bags and wallets for both men and women which can be carried within other bags. Each come with a powermat which charges the "Everpurse" wirelessly. Due to customer demand, there will soon also be support for other well-known smartphones too.
If a Vodafone customer rings the call center, the new Voice Signature software will recognise the consumer by the tone of their voice. This allows for quicker and personalised customer service as well as making all transactions more secure.