IKEA Making Furniture With Built-In Charging Stations

Rummaging through drawers to find the right power cord for your smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices can be a frustrating task. Soon, though, you might be able to juice up your device simply by placing it on the IKEA bookshelf, desk or nightstand littering your home.

Mashable reports that the Swedish furniture company will incorporate technology into several product offerings to allow consumers to charge their devices by placing it on the “X.”

The technology, called Qi, is already available in many public locations. Similar products, called charging mats have been installed at some Starbucks stores.

Although the new technology will eliminate much of the cord clutter we’ve all become accustomed to, IKEA says the furniture will still need a power source to facilitate the energy transfer.

In addition to offering the new furniture with built-in stations, IKEA will also sell wireless charging kits that can fit into existing furniture.

The new technologically advanced furniture doesn’t appear to break the bank, with pieces averaging about $22 more than typical IKEA pieces. But there’s no word on whether or not the charging stations will make assembly anymore difficult than it already is.

IKEA furniture will soon be able to wirelessly charge your mobile device [Mashable]

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