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Looking at the photo above, we see a collection of modern looking tables and lamps. Some people may even recognize the contemporary brand of furniture – IKEA, and they’d be correct.

Now look closely at the IKEA lamp below:

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Photo: Ikea

 

Recognize it? It’s the same lamp from the first photo. However, notice the white circular plus sign at the base. It’s not just a design – it’s a wireless phone charger. In fact, all of the furniture featured in this article has the same wireless technology integrated within their construction. The contemporary pieces also include USB outlets making it easy to add other devices. The work lamp above (the Riggard) is just one of several affordable items in IKEA’s wireless charging furniture line appropriately dubbed the Home Smart Collection.

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Photo: Ikea

 

How Does The Technology Work?

Simply place your Smartphone on the plus sign and you’re good to go. The only thing that needs to be plugged in is the furniture itself. The entire line of IKEA’s wireless charging furniture uses Qi (pronounced “Chee”) inductive technology, a standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) to transfer electrical power over a few inches of distance. 200 companies, 700 products, and 80 mobile devices utilize Qi technology and there is no sign of those numbers slowing down.

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Photo: Qi Wireless

 

Currently, the Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge come with the Qi feature inside the actual phones. However, in a recent statement, Apple plans to imbed this wireless charging technology within their devices very soon. In addition to the charging furniture, IKEA also sells wireless charging pads as well as separate charging kits (kit prices start at $33.60).

This kit allows consumers to build their own charging stations directly into already existing IKEA furniture.

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The Reason Behind The Integration

IKEA’s new collection, as with all of their designs, has a mission and a purpose. According to the company’s website:

“Created, developed and designed in IKEA’s central design hub at their Global HQ in Älmhult, Sweden, the wireless range is designed to blend seamlessly into every space in the home, ensuring the aesthetics aren’t compromised whilst also helping keep every device charged. The lack of cables helps keep rooms tidy and saves space whilst hiding ports in plain sight, meaning chargers will never be lost again.”

IKEA’s bold collaboration with Qi sets a new standard for how wireless charging technology can be integrated into everyday household items or really – any item at all. Smart technology and a smart move indeed.

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