Ikea launches furniture with inbuilt wireless chargers

Lost that charger again for your cellphone or tablet? Hate sorting heaps of wires to charge various devices?

Swedish retailer IKEA might just have the answer—furniture with built-in charging spots, including in bedside tables, lamps and desks.

The new collection will be available in Europe and North America from next month, followed by global distribution.

Jeanette Skjelmose, manager of the lighting and sector, said Monday Ikea aims to make life at home simpler because "we know that people hate cable mess."

The new furniture uses the Qi wireless charging standard, found in some Windows and Android phones, including the new Samsung Galaxy S6 expected to be launched soon.

Ikea said it will also provide special charging covers for iPhones and older Samsung Galaxies.

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Mar 02, 2015
This sounds nice and I wouldn't mind having a table with it built in myself. It would be very handy.

Unfortunately, I can also imagine the lawsuits they are going to get from idiots that don't read the instructions while assembling the furniture and installing the charger and manage to pinch a wire and almost or does burn their house down. I would almost be willing to bet the company will get at least one before they manage to sell a 1000 units with the charger built in.

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