Dead battery? NYC introduces solar-powered phone charging stations around the city

street_charge

Every moment, innumerable phones die around the country. But today, a few of them in New York City will be saved. A renewable energy company named Goal Zero is collaborating with AT&T and Brooklyn-based design studio Pensa on a new, eco-friendly solution for such a dilemma: public, solar-powered charging stations. 

The stations, called Street Charge, have a sleek modern design, courtesy of Pensa. Goal Zero’s top-of-the-line solar panels, which sit atop a tall poll, branching out much like helicopter propellers, power these chargers. Each station has three small tables to rest your phone on while it charges and, best of all, you won’t even have to worry about having a charging cable with you. There will be both built-in USB ports as well as charging tips to plug your device into. 

“We’re excited to team up with AT&T and Pensa to help make New York a little greener and solar power a little more accessible,” said Goal Zero’s president and CEO, Joe Atkin. “All too often we hear the dreaded low-battery beep and it happens at the most inconvenient times. Street Charge will fix that.” 

If this all sounds familiar to you, it’s possible you saw an earlier prototype, which was tested out last summer in Dumbo, one of Brooklyn’s riverside neighborhoods. But this year, they’ll be spreading much farther. The stations debuted today in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park and, as summer progresses, more stations will be added all around the city, specifically in pedestrian-heavy areas. You can expect to see them at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Central Park (at the Summerstage), Governor’s Island, Hudson River Park, Randall’s Island, Riverside Park, Rockaways, and Union Square. 

Deals

Need a last-minute gift? Get an iPhone Wireless Charger for under $20

Whether you're looking for stocking stuffers or gift ideas, these deals from Mophie, Anker, and Yootech can get you a wireless charging pad for cheap. Don't settle for wired charging if you don't have to.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Deals

19 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great stocking stuffer ideas), we've rounded up 19 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth…
Apple

Patent highlights Apple's sky-high ambitions for AirPower wireless charger

At its September event last year, Apple unveiled the AirPower -- its new wireless charging mat that will allow you to charge multiple devices at one time. It has not yet been released. Here's everything we know about the device so far.
Emerging Tech

Prepare for liftoff: Here are all the important upcoming SpaceX rocket launches

From ISS resupply missions to a host of communication and scientific satellite launches, SpaceX has a busy year ahead. Here's a rundown of some of the company's most important missions slated for the next year.
Emerging Tech

Virgin Galactic’s latest test flight takes it to the edge of space

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has successfully carried out its fourth powered flight in Mojave, California. It was the company's most ambitious test flight yet -- and bodes well for the future.
Product Review

This was 3D printed? With the Anycubic Photon, you can't tell

Never mind the fact that the Anycubic Photon 3D printer only costs 500 bucks. In terms of sheer print quality, this printer is on the same level as machines that cost six times as much.
Emerging Tech

We’re going to the Red Planet! All the past, present, and future missions to Mars

SpaceX isn't the only organization pining to visit the Red Planet. Here's a detailed list of all operational and planned missions to Mars, along with explanations of their objectives, spacecraft details, and mission proposals.
Emerging Tech

There’s a giant EMP blaster in New Mexico. Don’t worry, it’s here to protect us

An electromagnetic pulse has the potential to disable virtually all electronics within a large area. To help protect against such a threat is a new, friendly EMP emitter. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

There’s a new lab-grown meat startup on the block — and it has a secret weapon

Aleph Farms is developing lab-grown steaks with the same flavor, shape, texture, and structure as the real thing using beef cells isolated from living cows. Coming soon to a store near you?
Smart Home

This A.I.-enabled tech brings cutting-edge automation to grocery stores

Takeoff Technologies is working to make grocery deliveries fast, accurate, and convenient using A.I.-enabled technology to augment robotic grocery orders that can be completed in minutes.
Emerging Tech

The best 3D printers of 2018

On the hunt for a new 3D printer? We've got your back. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this list of the best 3D printers has what you're looking for.
Emerging Tech

Postmates’ to roll out Minion-like autonomous delivery robots in 2019

Postmates is about to employ a cute little robot to work alongside its human delivery personnel. Called Serve, the wheel-based bot can carry items weighing up to 50 pounds and has a range of 30 miles.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.