In Pictures: 13 things to do with the sun besides getting a tan

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Park benches Advocates of smart cities believe they have struck a blow for, uh, more smartness with Boston’s decision to deploy a number of metal and wood benches that have built-in solar-powered chargers for mobile devices and a cellular link to Verizon Wireless. The Soofa was conceived by Sandra Richter (shown in the photo with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on one of the benches) and two colleagues in the MIT Media Lab spinoff Changing Environments. As Hizzoner explains it in the press release, in words undoubtedly composed by his PR staff, this is a no brainer: “Your cellphone doesn’t just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?”

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