MIT-designed public benches offer solar power, net connection

Designed by an MIT research team, the so-called “seat-e” is a public bench that provides a range of services:

Installed recently at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, each of these two sleek, backless benches has a solar panel on one side to provide power to recharge cellphones, a connection to the Internet, and for night lighting. Soon they also will have sensors to detect for air pollution — even telling whether someone nearby is smoking.

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  • franksspam

    Great idea but man they are ugly! Those MIT engineers need to hook up with some industrial designers :-)

    • Moeskido

      Agreed. Engineers build the world, but occasionally need to be reminded of the end-user.

  • satcomer

    Those are ugly and don’t even look like a public park bench.

  • studuncan

    Pretty sure they just repurposed ski boot fitting boxes from the 1970s.