Ikea Introduces Phone-Charging Furniture
Swedish retail behemoth Ikea has unveiled a new line of furniture that contains every minimalist design/phone addict’s dream: wireless charging spots.
The new line, called Home Smart, was introduced at the 2015 Mobile World Congress recently. According to the BBC, it will initially include lamps, bedside tables, desks and a coffee table, as well as individual charging pads that can be placed on any surface.
The wireless charging spots are built directly into the furniture, allowing people to simply put their smartphone or other mobile device down on the plus sign in order to begin the charging cycle.
Our belief is that mobile phones are vital parts to people’s lives at home and their desire to stay connected,” Bjorn Block, manager of lighting and wireless charging at Ikea said in a statement.
However, according to ABC News, you’ll still have to put the furniture together yourself — and it currently doesn’t work with iPhones. Ikea is working with the Wireless Power Consortium on the wireless charging spots, which means it’s using the wireless charging standard QI. According to the WPC, more than 200 companies are currently using QI as their wireless charging standard, but Apple is not one of them.
For those non-iPhone users who can’t wait to start assembling tables and charging their phones without wires and power cords getting in the way, the BBC reports that the Home Smart line will go on sale in the U.S. and U.K. beginning in April.