Everyone’s favorite affordable Swedish furniture store recently announced that it will offer wireless charging in a new line of furniture called Home Smart. The announcement comes on the heels of Starbucks’ roll-out of wireless Powermat charging stations at many of their stores but, more importantly, hints at the wider adoption of cord-free charging.
"Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess. They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power,” said Jeanette Skjelmose, Manager of Lighting and Wireless Charging at Ikea, in a press release. To solve that exact problem, a small range of lamps, tables, and desks will be available starting in mid-April, all of which will allow you to juice up your tablet or smartphone without the mess and hassle of a charging cable. The furniture line will use Qi, currently the most widely-adopted wireless charging technology, but will also offer special covers for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S phones, which don’t all currently support the Qi standard.
While the release is a sign of Ikea’s commitment to tech innovation in the home, it’s an even bigger indicator that the idea of a smart, connected home is here to stay. We can’t wait to see what’s coming up next in the smart home market, which seems to be getting increasingly more diverse.
Images courtesy of Ikea