We've all been in this situation: You're comfortable on your couch, immersed in a "House of Cards" marathon when your cellphone battery dies. How are you supposed to live-tweet your reactions? IKEA will now not only fix your design woes, they'll keep you connected, too.
The Swedish furniture giant has just unveiled a new line of home furnishings outfitted with high-tech charging stations. And they're not just available for your couch.
The Home Smart range will initially include lamps, bedside tables and a coffee table as well as individual charging pads for any surface.
And don't even think for a second there will be an unsightly cable mess. “Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess,” said Jeanette Skjelmose, a corporate manager at IKEA in an interview with TIME. “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.”
How does it work?
The wireless charging stations, designed by the Wireless Power Consortium, use a technology standard called Qi Wireless. An add-on kit that allows people to add wireless charging to existing furniture will also be available.
What's the price tag on convenience? Buying a wireless charging-integrated product will cost about $33 dollars more than a regular product, according to the Wall Street Journal.
But buyer beware, the technology doesn't work on all phones. If you have a Samsung Galaxy, a Google Nexus, or a few other phones, you'll be in good shape. But it won't work for iPhone users.
Looks like we have another reason to visit IKEA soon.