Sunday, March 1, 2015

Find: Ikea's new furniture can charge your phone, no wires necessary

Mobile chargers in furniture. Devices back in furniture sooner than you think. 

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Ikea's new furniture can charge your phone, no wires necessary
// The Verge - All Posts

Are you interested in tying down your furniture to a technology "standard" that's far from standard? Then you might be interested in some new products that will be on sale at Ikea in North America and Europe this spring. The Swedish furniture company has partnered with the Wireless Power Consortium, building Qi wireless device chargers into a line of lamps and other small pieces of furniture like bedside tables. You can also buy a small Ikea-designed pad to add Qi charging to any surface.

For those who've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of wireless charging, the partnership is good news. However, the problem remains the same: two incompatible standards (the other is backed by Power Matters Alliance) remain at a stalemate. A number...

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