Heard of the eTree? If not, get ready to plug in and charge your phone with free, green energy. Created by Israel-based Sologic, the eTree is aimed at enlivening public spaces with a place not only to take a break, but to connect to the world wide web and recharge devices. Sologic provides benches to accompany the life-sized 'tree,' which is equipped with energy-generating solar panels, and the first was recently installed at a nature reserve in Israel.
As Gizmag notes, the eTree harks to the Green Sun Rising Solar Benches that offer shade and device charging, as well as Wi-Fi Cows that populated the Glastonbury Festival in England last year. Along with being a “public space facility,” Sologic sees the eTree partly as a social-environmental enterprise and as an ecological sculpture aimed at promoting environmental awareness and sustainability – while bridging the gab between the community and its environment.
The eTree powers devices via USB charging points, while offering free Wi-Fi for the area surrounding it – and even providing some illumination during the night. The branches of the ‘tree’ that provide solar power also double as shade from the sun for those who stop to rest and recharge.
Images via Sologic