Toyota Plants Giant Solar-Powered Flowers Across US Cities

Jul 20, 2009 by Lisa Zyga weblog
The solar-powered flowers generate electricity and provide free Wi-Fi for anyone passing by.

(PhysOrg.com) -- As part of Toyota's national marketing campaign for the third generation Prius launch in 2010, the company is "planting" giant solar-powered flowers in urban areas. The flowers generate electricity and provide free Wi-Fi for anyone passing by.

Meant to represent the theme of "Harmony between Man, Nature, and Machine," the 18-foot flowers have behind their petals and at the base of the stem. The generated travels down the stem to plastic green benches with 110-volt outlets. Each of the five flower provide room for up to 10 people to sit while charging their cell phones, laptops and other devices. Currently appearing in Boston, the solar flowers will later travel to New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The flowers operate daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

In addition to the flowers, Toyota is also demonstrating solar ventilation bus shelters in some cities. The shelters feature on the roof that operate fans and circulate air within the shelter. This system serves as a model of the Prius' solar-powered ventilation system, which uses solar panels on the roof to power a fan that ventilates the car when parked in the sun.

via: The Design Blog

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DGBEACH
4 / 5 (1) Jul 21, 2009
It's just too bad that most of us are working during these hours. and are thus unable to take advantage of these devices!
milad
5 / 5 (2) Jul 21, 2009
This really can be a starting point for future developments
El_Nose
5 / 5 (2) Jul 21, 2009
as a former kid who took the bus I wish someone had thought of a solar powered bus shelter fan -- that would have been nice
Lord_jag
not rated yet Jul 21, 2009
SEE! SEE! Solar power does have uses :)