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March 2, 2015

Ikea unveils furniture with wireless phone-charging at MWC

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Ikea the Swedish furniture giant has unveiled a range of furniture that comes with wireless charging spots for mobile and tablet devices.

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Ikea call the system range “Home Smart” and will initially include lamps, bedside tables and a coffee table as well as individual charging pads for any surface.

 

Ikea has used the wireless charging standard QI, which is supported by many manufacturers.

The Swedish furniture firm will sell charging covers for incompatible models that include iPhone and Samsung models among others.

There are currently more than 80 QI-compatible handsets and 15 QI-enabled cars on the market according to QI’s backers the Wireless Power Consortium, an industry body whose members includes many of the mobile manufacturers.

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini