A new third-generation Toyota Prius and…. Solar-powered outdoor workstations that are shaped like flowers? Yes, you heard that right.
Toyota has created a garden of 18-foot-high plastic flowers in Manhattan’s Flatiron Plaza to celebrate the launch of the third-generation Prius. The flowers act as a technology and communications hub for each passerby — such a cool concept. The surreal, almost Disney-like flowers sport solar panels behind their pedals and at the base of the stems. The flowers provide power to anyone needing to charge their cellphone, laptop, camera, or anything else one can think of. Surprisingly, the flowers provide Wi-Fi (wireless internet) so users can connect to the internet free of charge, and have cozy benches. According to NY Times, the theme of the promotion is “Harmony Between Man, Nature and Machine.” I, personally, find this a very interesting concept.
Since its release, especially since the recent boom in green living, the Toyota Prius has been a winner. It’s the world’s first mass-produced hybrid and by all means knocks the ball out the park. With over a million units sold, I’m sure the next generation Prius will live up to everyone’s expectations. For one, the new 2010 Prius boasts solar panels on the roof, which power a ventilation system that circulates air throughout the vehicle when it’s parked in the sun. The new Prius will be powered by a 1.8L DOHC 16-Valve VVT-i 1.8L Atkinson cycle engine that will enhance performance and provide greater fuel economy, especially on the highway.
If you happen to be in Manhattan, be sure to check this spectacle out! Flower power — literally.