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?
Draftfcb Chicago has launched Heat Tracker, a new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows you to pinpoint “hot spots” based on gender. Powered by Foursquare, Heat Tracker uses check-in data to identify the number of males and females checked in at nearby locations all around the globe. Heat Tracker also syncs with various social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter and even Yelp.
Queen’s University Human Media Lab has developed the PaperPhone. This mobile computing device has all the functionality of a smartphone, yet it's as flexible as paper and uses no power when the user is not interacting with it.