You’re out drinking, texting furiously and your smartphone dies. Panic? No! Cue the Juicebox—the pay-per-charge station coming soon to a watering hole near you.
The product’s launch is still in its early stages, with only three units placed at venues around New York. But its creators say a recent press rollout has sparked inquiries from locales as far-flung as Germany, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore—not to mention, they said, a couple of unnamed Fortune 500 brands looking to house the device in less-boozy settings, like fast-food restaurants and supermarkets.
How do Juiceboxes work? Simple. Patrons swipe a credit card to unlock steel cubbies that securely power up their phones—for a nominal fee of $1 or $2.
The Juicebox’s founders are eager to meet the new demand, working to perfect the technology before releasing a run of 150 in about six to eight weeks. They also see ad space on the device’s touchscreen as a potential source of revenue down the line.
Picture it: “Grey Goose is now charging your phone,” said CEO Adam Johnson.
All while you get juiced too.”
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