August 10th, 2012
Pensa, a Dumbo-based strategic design consultancy (20 Jay Street) designed the first Street Charge prototype and installed it at the Pearl Street Triangle this week. Street Charge is a solar powered USB charger built into the Dumbo BID’s umbrellas. It’s one of those only-in-Dumbo type of installations, with Dumbo being the first neighborhood to offer wifi access on the streets and with many startups in the neighborhood, but Pensa believes there is an opportunity for any neighborhood to create a place to recharge and make use of an unused space for urbanites to charge their mobile device.
Each charger stores enough power to operate for 15 hours when the sun is not out (we tested them successfully with today’s rainy weather). According to an article in New York Daily News, “More stations will be added if there’s demand for them, said DUMBO Improvement District executive director Alexandria Sica.”
Bring your own USB cables and work outdoors while you use the free DUMBO Wifi and charge up your phones.
(Photos courtesy of Pensa)