Want a world without wires? Ikea wants to make that dream come true, too. Ikea is adding wireless charging to its furniture, with a new line of lamps, bedside tables, and desks.
Now, unless you’re a tech geek, you might not even realize that we have the technology to charge a phone simply by placing it onto a table right now. And in fact, many smartphones even have this tech built in. It’s the dream of both consumers and interior designers, eliminating the tangle of cords that we navigate daily.
Ikea will be introducing its line of wireless charging furniture in U.K. and U.S. stores this April. Prices will start around $50. Each piece features a dimple on its surface. Assuming your phone is equipped with Wireless Qi (Ikea’s wireless charging tech of choice), it will charge automatically—you’ll see phones from Nokia, HTC, LG, and Samsung that support the Qi standard (Apple’s iPhone is the most notable phone that doesn’t). If your phone is not equipped with Wireless Qi, Ikea will sell an accessory that sits in the dimple instead, and you can plug your phone into that rather than reach for an outlet. … (read more)