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Seat-e can recharge phones as users take a rest

MIT-designed park benches can also connect to Net

The newest park benches in Boston come with instructions.

Installed recently at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, each of these two sleek, backless benches has a solar panel on one side to provide power to recharge cellphones, a connection to the Internet, and for night lighting. Soon they also will have sensors to detect for air pollution — even telling whether someone nearby is smoking.

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