IKEA has revolutionised the charging game by creating furniture that will charge your smartphone without any need for a wire to connect it.
In order to do this, they’ve partnered with the Wireless Power Consortium and have built a variety of different furniture items that come equipped with Qi charging facilities. These include lamps and bedside tables and the standard sorts of furniture you might expect it would be useful to have a charger in.
You can see a slideshow of some of these items of furniture by pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard or swiping left and right on mobile if you’re so inclined. IKEA plans to start shipping the furniture in North America and Europe in the spring, so if you live in one of those areas then get saving.
However as is the case with so many types of new technology, Wireless Power Consortium aren’t the only player in town when it comes to wireless charging, and as you might expect both companies are busy hammering out exclusive deals with various partners. Their rival is named Powers Matter Alliance – which is a vastly inferior name – and has already signed exclusive deals with Starbucks, AT&T, and McDonald’s.
At the moment a number of smartphones like the LG G3 and the Nexus 6 are supported by WPC and the new Galaxy Samsung S6 can be charged via both companies, so it seems like the battle for supremacy is going to be won over which brands choose to partner up with which company rather than their ability to charge a certain phone. Right now it’s looking pretty even so it’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.
Of course, this whole issue would be redundant if those shoes that charge your phone while you’re walking ever got mass marketed.