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Published on July 23rd, 2009 | by Bryan Nelson

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Giant Solar-Powered Flowers Sprout in U.S. Cities, Provide Wi-Fi

July 23rd, 2009 by  

Solar Powered Flowers

Solar-powered “flower stations” are appearing across major U.S. cities providing free Wi-Fi and electricity for charging laptops, cell phones and other devices.

The flowers are part of Toyota’s national marketing campaign for the third generation Prius launch in 2010. Aside from providing clean electricity and a dandy place to rest, the flowers are also adorned with “leaves” which showcase advertisements and short informationals about the new Prius.

They are designed to represent the Prius theme of “Harmony between Man, Nature, and Machine.” Standing at a height of 18 feet, solar panels on the backs of the petals power 110-volt outlets found on the benches, which can seat up to 10 people.

Currently, the flower-power stations can be found in Boston, but they will also be making rounds in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The giant daisies are set up to operate daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm. If you’re in town, check them out!

Source: PhysOrg





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  • I think this is a great win/win. Toyota gets some publicity, and the local passers-by get free wifi and a plug if necessary.

    Just a note…Considering the angle of the sun in the picture, maybe they could be more efficient if they rotated to aim the tops of the petals toward the sun.

  • I think this is a great win/win. Toyota gets some publicity, and the local passers-by get free wifi and a plug if necessary.

    Just a note…Considering the angle of the sun in the picture, maybe they could be more efficient if they rotated to aim the tops of the petals toward the sun.

    • dwinkle

      In Boston, the angle of the sun actually changes throughout the day.

  • Max

    This is just a silly publicity stunt. Its a nice gift, but they can afford to help us more. You give what you recieve, right? if its nature’s way, should work with business too, then. THat is, unless you’re a dumb idiot in business!

  • Max

    This is just a silly publicity stunt. Its a nice gift, but they can afford to help us more. You give what you recieve, right? if its nature’s way, should work with business too, then. THat is, unless you’re a dumb idiot in business!

  • Max

    This is just a silly publicity stunt. Its a nice gift, but they can afford to help us more. You give what you recieve, right? if its nature’s way, should work with business too, then. THat is, unless you’re a dumb idiot in business!

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