How many times have you found yourself stranded on the road, desperately trying to book a cab or auto on your phone, which has less than 5% battery and low internet connectivity? Or attempted to call someone you have to meet, only to see your phone switch off?
Whatever may be the situation, today we are connected 24 hours a day, and for us, internet and battery life is a necessity.
Enter Coimbatore’s Smart Tree—a technological marvel that will allow people to sit and rest while providing Wi-Fi and charging facilities. The ‘tree,’ is an ambitious Rs 12 lakh project, and only holds a bare minimum resemblance to its natural cousin—its fibre-covered trunk is made of heavy metal, and its leaves are made of zinc and have been painted gold.
What will this tree do?
According to this report in the Times of India, the tree will be built across 600 square feet in Coimbatore and be surrounded by five benches. Around 30 people can sit and use the Wi-Fi, and the area will be well lit to make it aesthetic, according to R Maha Prabhu of JC Media Entertainment, the company entrusted with the responsibility of setting up the tree.
According to R Satishkumar, also from JC Media, efforts are being taken to make the Coimbatore Smart Tree look authentic—and the company has even worked with filmmakers and art directors for this purpose.
A solar panel on the top of the tree will generate power, storing it in a battery. Charging points for phones and laptops will be there, led by the panel which is capable of generating 1,500 watts of power daily.
Monday, the 21st of May, will see the first tree set up as a pilot project. Depending on its success, another 30 such Smart Trees will be set up in Coimbatore, in due course of time. The design and space may vary, but the basic concept and idea will remain the same.
The Smart Tree with its gold zinc leaves, Wi-Fi, and device charging capabilities might just usher in a new era of harnessing the sun’s energy to provide public amenities.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)