You will never have to leave the couch again to look for a phone charger.
If you, like me, measure the length of your life by the number of iPhone and Macbook adapter cords you have broken and lost over the years, then you will be relieved to hear that news that Swedish meatball retailer Ikea will soon be selling furniture that charges your electronic devices wirelessly. Now, instead of buying your adaptor cords in bulk from suspicious Chinese manufacturers, you can invest in a well-designed but difficult-to-assemble coffee table instead. The company announced that it would be integrating Qi wireless functionality in a range of tables, lamps and desks for your home, which will basically allow you to charge your phone or computer without ever leaving your armchair.
“Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess. They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power,” said a representative from the company in a statement. “Our new innovative solutions, which integrate wireless charging into home furnishings, will make life at home simpler.”
Qi technology basically delivers power to your electrical devices over small distances, without a wire. The furniture will be outfitted with circular pads on which you could place your phone to be powered. Ikea’s announcement has huge implications for Netflix binge-watchers who wait until their computer is at 1% battery power before getting up to search for their overpriced Apple charger.