In Italy, solar-powered phone booth offers wifi and electric-vehicle charging

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We've already seen the humble phone booth repurposed for charging electric vehicles, but a new effort in Italy is taking that concept even further. Specifically, in early April the city of Turin launched what it calls the “Smart Booth,” a solar-powered unit offering touch-screen calls, wifi, pollution monitoring and electric-vehicle recharging. Currently in a trial phase throughout 2012, the Smart Booth is part of Turin's Smart City project focusing on sustainability. Resulting from a partnership with Telecom Italia, startup UbiConnected and Turin Politecnico university, the prototype currently installed outside the university on Corso Duca degli Abruzzi can not only be…

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