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Created by designers and engineers from MIT's Media Lab, Soofa is a public bench that charges your phone using solar energy. Ten benches have already been installed around Boston as part of a pilot program. Soofa's website also tracks the usage data for each station, along with environmental stats like air quality and noise levels.

Boston Is Getting Solar-Powered Park Benches That Charge Your Devices | Co.Exist