I put this tidbit in my “How Cool Is This” box. Of course, it’s IKEA!! Who else would do this? I wonder if the furniture comes with new & different sets of hex or Allen wrenches because I don’t have enough of them from all the Ikea furniture already in my home. Will I be able to get upgrades for all of my Ikea bookcases? LOL. This is so cool-love it.

Ikea announced Sunday at Mobile World Congress it is introducing its first furniture line that offers wireless charging for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

by Dave Smith in Business Insider March 2, 2015

 

Ikea’s furniture, which it calls its “Home Smart” line, will integrate the popular Qi wireless charging technology into special “charging pads” on the furniture. People will then be able to buy and assemble the furniture and leave their Qi-supported devices on those pads for a quick battery charge. 

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Smartphones that don’t support Qi will be incompatible with this furniture. The Qi wireless charging technology is controlled by the Wireless Power Consortium, which boasts 200-plus members including Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, HTC, Verizon Wireless, and others.

More than 80 different smartphones offer support for Qi, which is currently the most used wireless charging standard in the world. It works thanks to embedded magnetic coils that generate a small electromagnetic field — smartphones and tablets that support Qi then convert this field into energy to replenish the device’s battery.

Ikea says it will launch this new furniture line, which will include desks, lamps and bedside tables, in North America and Europe in April. 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ikea-home-smart-furniture-offers-wireless-charging-2015-3#ixzz3TX68sn3y  by Dave Smith in Business Insider March 2, 2015

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