Starbucks is offering wireless phone charging in some of its stores, and Toyota is developing an electric car that come be recharged wirelessly.
The bane of modern society is the need to maintain a battery charge in our mobile devices. Everyone carries their device charger with them wherever they go and then scramble to find a wall plug when we settle in at a new public place.
While places like airports and amusement parks scramble to add an endless supply of electrical wall plugs for the purposes of recharging mobile devices, Danish furniture maker IKEA announced Monday plans to begin marketing chairs and desks that include wireless recharging technology inside the pressed wood pieces.
Thus, a person could sit down at his IKEA-made desk and charge his mobile devices without needing to plug anything into anything else.
Beginning in April, IKEA furniture will include wireless charging stations integrated into pieces like desks, tables and lamps using a technology called Qi Wireless. The stations are designed by the Wireless Power Consortium. The Wall Street Journal reports such furniture will cost approximately $33 more than furniture without the wireless recharging capability.
“We know that people hate cable mess,’’ said IKEA corporate manager Jeanette Skjelmose to the WSJ. “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.”
So that is the good news. The bad news? While the wireless charging capability will work with Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus 6 and a few other phones, it will not work with the Apple iPhone, at least for now.
Wireless charging technology is reaching all corners of the daily modern lifestyle. Toyota has announced it is designing an electric Prius that can be recharged wirelessly thanks to technology provided by a company named WiTricity. Intel plans to have a personal computer developed by 2016 that can be re-charged wirelessly, and Starbucks announced plans to include wireless charging stations in its store tables.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.