Ikea's newest furniture can charge your phone wirelessly
Ikea is literally supercharging its furniture. The Swedish purveyor of do-it-yourself home decor says it’s debuting a new line of desks, lamps, and tables that will be able to wirelessly charge your phone or tablet.
The furniture will use the Qi wireless charging standard, which is one of the main competitors in the wireless charging landscape. The Power Matters Alliance (PMA) is another key player, which has its technology in stores like Starbucks and McDonald’s. There’s also the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), which is expected to merge with the PWA later this year, hopefully paring down the fragmentation to two options.
The furniture is to debut in the U.S. and U.K. in April, then expand worldwide. Ikea says the pieces start at around 40 Euros, or about $45. Ikea also plans to sell a kit that will allow you to add a wireless charging spot to existing furniture.
Why this matters: Ikea doesn’t want to be left out with the move towards the smart and connected home. You may want to be cautious about jumping in given the uncertainty over which wireless standard will win out—you don’t want to have an set of tables and lamps that are the furniture equivalent of HD DVD.