None of us must have thought, that abandoned and useless telephone booths can be used as mobile phone charging stations. Well, this has been made possible in Tottenham Court Road, UK this week, spear headed by two geography students turned entrepreneurs from the London School of Economics (LSE), Harold Craston and Kirsty Kenny. The facility is free for all, people have been seen standing in queue to do the same ever since it opened for general public use.
In recent times, many of the telephone booths in UK have been standing unused. There have been constant drive to utilize them in a much constructive manner. While some have been converted into library, there are few others that have been used to store emergency medical equipments.
In the same note, the telephone boxes have been painted in green, and have been fitted with a roof-mounted 86cm solar panel. Inside the box, various charging stations for various phone models is given, that shows the battery life. The solarbox can charge up to 100 phones a day, offering a 20% battery boost in 10 minutes. However, to maintain the charging points and the telephone boxes, these are maintained daily, and are locked during the night.
In an interview Craston explained, “ I lived next to a phone box in my second year at university and walked past it every day. I thought, ‘There are 8,000 of these lying unused in London and we must be able to find a use for them,”. He further added, “Running out of battery is a perennial problem for smart-phone users as they become ever more powerful without an equivalent technology leap in battery life. On launch day, my phone ran out of battery and I genuinely had to use the box,”
An incredible use of unused abandoned products, the phone box charging station is certainly new, and innovative concept to the core.