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?
T-Mobile introduced their new product ‘relax’ by letting a real consumer show the benefit of the new product. Contract minutes within a ‘Relax’ contract don’t expire after a month but continue to be valid. T-Mobile started a campaign in which a consumer was asked what he would do with all these extra call minutes. He decided he really wanted to replay his championship soccer match of 15 years ago. The campaign showed how he organized the game and called all his old teammates plus the opponent’s team.
The Vodafone Booster Brolly uses a clever combination of high gain antenna and low power signal repeater to catch radio waves from a Vodafone transmitter.