Don`t worry if you are running out of battery power on your smart phone. Ikea will charge your phone with their new Qi standard.
Ikea, the Swedish furniture maker giant unveiled a new range of furniture that it says can wirelessly charge some mobile devices. The news came from the furniture giant yesterday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The new collection will hit the shelves of Ikea on April 15. It all starts in Europe and North America, and then it will be launched in the rest of the world.
The lamps, desks and bedside and coffee tables have a wireless charging pads, and the wireless charging works through an energy induction transfer. The furniture itself needs to be connected to a power source. As you may know, battery power is a real pain for many of us smartphone users.
With all the apps connected to the smartphone, the battery power is losing power quicker than never before. Ikea know that, and said it will start to sell wireless charging kits to build into existing furniture. The price will be €30 ($33,60).
Ikea`s introduction of their new wireless charging functionality starts a new battle for a global charging standard, and there are a few leaders out there who are struggling to be the global leader. Ikea will collaborate with Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
Their Qi-standard is supported by smartphone makers like HTC, Samsung and Microsoft, and Qi is the most popular standards among handset charging pads. LG G3 and the Nexus 6 is both using this standard.
The Power Matters Alliance (PMA) is one of WPC`s competitors. They will collaborate with Starbucks and roll out their wireless charging facilities at their cafes in the U.S. PMA is backed by Duracell Powermat, Huawei and Lenovo, and their standard is strong in the U.S. Other major gains for PMA include AT&T and McDonald’s. The other one is the Alliance for wireless power, A4WP.
All three standards can`t win and it is very important to have one standard. You can limit folks choice and defeat the purpose, if you have devices that only charge on certain surfaces. If this is going mainstream it could be a global breakthrough for one of them.
Sorry, Apple fans; this will not work with your iPhone so far, but only on Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus 6 or a few other phones.
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