IKEA to sell wireless phone-charging furniture

IKEA To Sell Wireless Phone-Charging Furniture
IKEA To Sell Wireless Phone-Charging Furniture

While building IKEA furniture can be a long, difficult process -- the Swedish furniture maker wants to make it easier for customers to charge their mobile devices.

On Sunday, IKEA revealed a new line of furniture fitted with wireless charging spots so consumers will no longer have to deal with all those wires covering bedside tables and lamps.

"Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess," a Corporate Manager at IKEA said in a statement. "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."

The charging stations, designed by Wireless Power Consortium, will also be available as "add on kits" so people can place them on top of existing furniture (though having wires on a table to power a wireless charger does seem to defeat the purpose).

The wireless chargers will be available in stores in April, but while the technology works with most mobile phones, it won't work for iPhones unless they're in a special cover.

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