Boston trying out solar-powered ‘smart benches’ in parks

MIT Media Lab spinoff Changing Environments invents high-tech "Soofa" benches.

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The Changing Environments team on one of its benches in Boston. (Soofa.co)

We’ve all heard about smartphones. Now there are smart benches.

That is the idea behind a new Boston initiative which will bring “Soofas,” solar-powered benches, to the city.

The benches, to be located in various parks, will allow residents to take a load off their feet — while plugging in and recharging their cellphones.

“Your cellphone doesn’t just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement Friday.

The high-tech benches were invented by MIT Media Lab spinoff Changing Environments, a Verizon Innovation Program.

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