By Evan Ackerman
Trees are nice to look at, and I guess they’re good for shade, if you’re one of those people who goes outside… But when is the last time one of them actually came in handy in this digital world? The Helios Power Tree is one tree my gadgets and I would be happy to stretch out under, since it’s got a bunch of USB power ports in the roots. The “leaves” of the tree are made of little solar cells, all of which are wired into the branches, down the trunk, and into a big battery at the base. The battery lights up the tree with LEDs, and will charge whatever is plugged into it. The Helios is made out of sustainable materials, and is designed to be placed in urban parks as a useful piece of public art.