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?
This is now is a real-time platform that shows geolocalised images uploaded to Instagram by its users. It connects people through its photos and creates a continuously changing city story. You can see what’s happening right now in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Sidney, Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Tokyo and “around the world” at any given time.
Mobile operator Megafon has launched a new super-economy network “Simply for contacts”. One text message, or one minute of talk, costs just 5 kopeyka (0.002 US$)