Wavy Krabb mirrors. Billy bookcases. Those green marzipan-and-chocolate snacks from the food court. Ikea’s iconic, elegantly designed, and frequently delicious products are about to be joined by a range of wireless chargers incorporated into everyday objects.
The furniture line initially consists of lamps and bedside tables with integrated chargers. For those just wanting a slab of power points to leave around their homes, there will also be standalone charging pads, with an associated cable management box. If you’re feeling really innovative though, there’s also a standalone unit that can be built directly into furniture.
The wireless charging furniture consists of the Varv lamp, available in either floor or table varieties, the adjustable Riggad work lamp, and two bedside tables, the Nordli and Selje. All stark white and displaying elegant lines, they’re an easy, innocuous fit for most homes. We’re not too keen on the very 1970s-looking lampshades for the Varv though — hopefully they’ll be replaceable. The Nordmärke charge pads come in single- or triple-point flavours, and can fit into the Romma cable tidy. The Jyssen is a cylindrical base unit that’s left to the customer’s creativity as to where or how it’s used.
All pads are marked by a characteristic “+” symbol, which activates the power transfer when a phone is placed on it. They operate through induction charging technology, where a magnetically-charged coiled wire in the source induces a current in a sympathetic coil within the target device, which recharges the battery.
At present, Android users are the big winners as many handsets already have the technology built in, including the latest Google Nexus and models from HTC, Samsung, and Nokia. For those that don’t, such as Samsung Galaxy handsets other than the upcoming Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhones, Ikea will also be releasing covers to enable charging through its products.
As part of the announcement, Ikea said “with smartphones being such a natural part of our lives, we want the charging part to become a natural part of our homes. As a result, we’ve created a collection of wireless chargers that make charging a lot more available, yet a lot less obvious (goodbye messy cables!).”
The line launches in UK stores and online in mid-April, meaning we’ll all soon be able to stuff our faces with Sötsak Dammsugare without getting out of bed when our phones run dry. What a time to be alive.
Source: Ikea introduces wireless charging range, Matt Kamen ( http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-03/02/ikea-wireless-charging )