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For charging phones and laptops at schools, airports and bus stations
There are already phone charging stations at airports and other
public places but charging is a slow process and you have to stay
very close to guard your valuables. My son was lamenting that he
wished his school locker had a charging point so he could charge
phone while he was off in
The solution is to equip lockers with USB or conventional power
points so your laptop or phones may be both charged and secure.
an airport, for example, one could easily provide small pigeonhole
sized secure lockers with power points for a fee. This would
the weary traveller on a 3 hour layover to recharge his personal
electronics with electricity whilst recharging himself at the bar or
coffee shop. Airports frown on lockers now for security by small
lockers in an area away from the main crowds should be fine.
[MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 21 2013]
||//at the bar or coffee shop// Simpler just to have power outlets there?
||Until you want to go up and get another drink, go to the toilet or have a nap - yes.
||This is exactly baked here. There are lockers with
multiple compartments, each containing a range of
common phone plugs. You put money in the slot,
lock your phone inside and take the key. When you
return, your phone is charged.
||They are not very common, but I've seen a few. I
suspect they are vulnerable to vandalism.
||I think you could make money, if not in vending, then installing units. Some technical bumps are certain to be there, but early adopters are always stuck with some strange requirements, while the rest of the world adjusts.
||If you google "phone charging lockers", you'll get lots
of hits. The link is to a company that makes these.
||Thanks [MB]. I searched the Hafbakery but not the so-
called real world. I shall leave this post around for a few
days then delete it as baked.
||Wish they had them in Hong Kong. I usually have 4-5 hours
layover in between an 8 hour and a 13 hour flight and a
power locker would fit the bill to recharge my laptop and
mobile phone while I stretch out for a few zzzzs
||//"all your data belong to us"//
||There was a TED talk (I think) which covered data
theft via chargers. The typical scenario is that
someone asks if they can charge their phone from
your computer; the computer then sucks off all
the data whilst charging.
||There is the opportunity, therefore, to implement
this in a "charging locker", in the same way that
fraudsters fix card skimmers to ATMs: just install a
little black box between the original charging plug
and a new one, inside the locker. Unsuspecting
user then leaves their phone to charge, black box
hoovers up data, user removes phone. At some
point in the future, the fraudster returns and
removes the black box, along with all the
harvested data. Data harvesting can be disabled
on most phones, but apparently very few people