Ikea has announced that it has designed furniture that will allow people to wirelessly charge their smartphones and other devices.
Using the latest in QI wireless technology, these items, including desks, bedside tables and even lamps, will act as charging hotspots.
The Scandinavian company said that the tech-inspired furniture is a response to changing consumer demands.
People want, for example, easy and more efficient charging methods to simplify their lives. In this busy day and age, developments like this are very welcome.
“Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess,” said Jeanette Skjelmose, business area manager of lighting and wireless charging at IKEA.
“They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power. Our new innovative solutions, which integrate wireless charging into home furnishings, will make life at home simpler.”
Samsung said that its latest Galaxy, the S6, is compatible with Ikea’s new furniture, which will go on sale in Europe and North American next month.
“Mobile devices have become a natural part of our lives – our ability to pair a simple wireless charging process with IKEA’s household furniture gives everyone the opportunity to more comfortable and conveniently enjoy their smartphone experience like never before,” explained Jean-Daniel Ayme, deputy president of European telecommunication operations at Samsung Electronics.
Smart furniture like this is part of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. According to Gartner, some 4.9 billion “connected things” will be in use this year, up a massive 30 per cent from 2014.
“This is [a] very early time in the furniture business to blend wireless technology,” Jeff Kagan, a technology industry analyst, said in an interview with AFP. “I expect every other furniture maker to jump on this same bandwagon.”