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Ikea plans to turn your furniture into wireless chargers

by Killian Bell | March 1, 2015March 1, 2015 3:30 pm EST

Wouldn’t it be cool if your couch could charge your smartphone while you sit back and watch your favorite show? Thanks to Ikea, this will soon be more than just a great idea.

Starting this April, the Swedish giant will be integrating Qi wireless charging pads into its furniture, starting with bedside tables, floor and table lamps, and desks. That means you’ll no longer need to purchase pricey charging kits for your smartphones and tablets.

“Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess,” said Jeanette Skjelmose, Business Area Manager of Lighting and Wireless Charging. “They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power. Our new innovative solutions, which integrate wireless charging into home furnishings, will make life at home simpler.”

Wireless charging is expected to become even more widespread throughout 2015, as manufacturers bring more devices to market with the technology built-in. Even McDonalds, Starbucks, and others have confirmed plans to offer wireless charging to their customers.

In addition to new furniture, Ikea will also be offering its own standalone Qi chargers, some of which will be made of wood, and others that can be retrofitted into a desk or table. It also plans to refresh its design collections on a more frequent basis.

Ikea’s wireless charging products will be available in Europe and North America first, with a global rollout planned for later this year.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...