Wireless charging tech has been a sideshow act in the mobile gadget market for most of a decade, and in 2015 it finally went mainstream.
Mobile World Congress is kicking off today in Barcelona, and Ikea is out to make waves. The world's largest furniture retailer just announced that they will be carrying a line of furniture which will come with Qi wireless charging technology built right in.
Got a 2013 Nexus 7, an iPhone, or one of these smartphones? Then you can use one of these pieces of furniture to charge it.
Ikea is promising to have bedside tables, lamps, and desks available this April which will be able to charge many mobile devices. They say that they'll also sell wireless charging kits which can be used to retofit existing furniture, with a starting price of 30 euros. Furniture with built-in wireless charging pads will cost about 20 euros more than models without.
“People hate cable mess. They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power,” said Jeanette Skjelmose, Ikeas business area manager lighting and wireless charging.
So do you have any mobile devices capable of wireless charging?
Aside from a broken Nexus 7 which I repurposed as a security camera, I'm pretty sure I don't have any. I think the tech is nifty, but I've never had a reason to invest in an expensive charging station or mobile devices which could use it.