Technology keeps giving us more unusual and amazing ways to stay connected. Israeli renewables company Sologic has created the eTree – a solar-panel “tree” that’s part social enterprise, environmental / ecological sculpture, public space and free wi-fi provider.
If that’s not enough, the eTree provides a drinking fountain for humans and pets, shade with a bench for rest and relaxation, and it lights up for nighttime enjoyment. Created for residential and urban areas such as courtyards, schools, universities and parks, it can be configured according to whatever requirements are needed. These trees cost between $20,000 and $100,000, rely on solar power generated from its leaves, and are built tough to withstand various climates and deter would-be vandals.
The eTree provides USB charging points for mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets, free Wi-Fi for the surrounding area and an LCD screen that dispenses information, such as the amount of electricity generated by the tree. The company has orders for more eTrees to be located in Nice and in Shanghai and plans to take this innovative communication device global. Sounds like a fun, eco-friendly way to relax while you stay connected.