Ah, the good old bench. It’s the background subject of affection in many movies. A couple holding hands on a park bench. An old man sitting on a bench feeding pigeons. Two strangers sitting on a bench engaging in a conversation on a beautiful spring day. Remember when you last went outside and just sat on a bench?
Some things thankfully never change. People do still sit outside and in fact, we’re outside more than ever. On sunny days, we like to sit in the shade. Because we are so busy, when we do take time to rest, we’re usually on our smartphone and wishing we could recharge our device batteries while recharging our mental batteries. We expect more from everything these days and even benches are keeping up with the times.
3fficient heard from cities, business building owners, and universities who all said they’d love to see a bench that charged phones using solar energy. They also said they’d like other options, like providing internet access and lighting while getting local environmental and traffic data nearby. 3fficient answered the call and is proud to present our new initiative that we call Project FreeCharge.
Working with furniture and clean tech engineers has been really rewarding. The lowly park bench is getting a big makeover with amazing new features:
- Comfortable resting place with shade and weather protection
- Smart lighting that knows when it’s time to dance with the music or alert public safety
- Power adapters and outlets for mobile and portable devices
- Instant alert and emergency activated monitoring for public safety
- Solar panels that transform sunlight into energy
- Smart energy storage that works up to 14 days without sunshine
- Daily energy and environmental reporting
- Drop in 1-day installation.
- Sustainable materials
Why consider new self-powered benches? Organizations that have installed smart renewable-energy-powered urban furniture tell us they communicate a strong message of sustainability to their customers. They are simple to install and essentially free to operate because they don’t require connectivity to the electrical grid. 3fficient benches are battery-powered and provide incredible value.
So, next time you are outside, take a look at that old familiar bench and ask yourself, what if that bench could do more? What if it charged devices for free? What if it could track the number of visitors to that area? What if it provided lighting that increased security? What if it could call emergency services with the push of a button. That would be amazing, right?
Take a moment to visit FreeCharge and see communities can DO MORE WITH LESS.