Bench with a buzz: East Vic Park bench can charge digital devices

Caitlin Crothers and Josh Norris try out the new bench. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d472536
Caitlin Crothers and Josh Norris try out the new bench. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d472536

PEOPLE will be able to charge their digital devices while enjoying a break on Albany Highway after a solar-powered smart bench was installed in East Victoria Park.

The high-tech bench is opposite Antz Inya Pantz HQ and has some useful features.

Town of Victoria Park Deputy Mayor Brian Oliver said people could now charge mobile devices using two USB ports and a wireless charging station when visiting the popular Albany Highway strip.

“Ventilation fans will also provide a cool place to retreat to on hot summer days and ambient night-time lighting will help create a pleasant atmosphere, livening up the area,” Mr Oliver said.

“We are hoping that the community welcomes the bench and uses it as much as possible.

“It will provide a place for people to rest and has the added bonus of being a functional piece of furniture that promotes sustainable energy sources.”

The smart bench will be moved around the Town to ensure as many people as possible get to experience the new technology.

Information on the surrounding temperature, air quality and how many people use the bench will be collected to assess its popularity.

The Steora Smart Bench is the first to be installed in WA and was purchased from Australian distributor Cleanair.

Victoria Park resident Caitlin Crothers said the smart bench was cool and would be convenient for people to charge their devices.

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