By Stacey Delikat
The company that brought you Swedish self-assemble furniture and those famous meatballs is about to introduce a new line that will eliminate a major hassle of modern day technology: cable clutter. Ikea’s Home Smart furniture line will charge smartphones and others devices wirelessly.
The initial line will include lamps, end tables and coffee tables that allow you to charge your wireless devices just by placing them on a designated spot. The technology is called Qi and is manufactured by the Wireless Power Consortium.
Ikea’s announcement comes as wireless charging technology is becoming more widespread. You can currently find Qi charging stations in some Starbucks.
In 2014, Fox 5 profiled a Massachusetts company that has developed a wireless charging technology called Witricity. That company has partnered with companies including Toyota to wirelessly charge their electric Priuses.
Mark Spoonauer, the editor in chief of Tom’s Guide, predicts juicing up without cables will soon become the norm.
Customers told us they’d buy in if the technology is affordable. So far no word on how much the home smart furniture will cost.
Another issue is compatibility. While some phones from Samsung, Motorola and other manufactures work with the Qi technology, others including Apple do not, though Ikea will sell special cases for iPhones and other incompatible phones that will allow them to pick up the wireless charge.