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Ikea reveals furniture collection with Qi wireless charging capability

By Katrina Canlas & Wong Chung Wee - on 3 Mar 2015, 11:36pm

Ikea reveals furniture collection with Qi wireless charging capability

(Source: Ikea via Gizmodo)

At MWC 2015, Swedish home furnishings retailer, Ikea announced a new range of products that support Qi wireless charging. At launch, the furnishings include tables, lamps and desks that feature Qi charging pads, marked with a “+” sign. Gizmodo also observed the furniture maker may create their own Qi charging pads in clean, minimalist Swedish design.

(Source: Ikea via Gizmodo)

The company plans to launch the new furnishing series in Europe and United States in April this year. After that, its global rollout will follow suit. With the need to stay connected on mobile devices, Ikea aims to meet the needs of consumers to keep their devices powered, sans cable clutter.

Currently, there isn’t an official wireless charging standard; however, Qi can lay claim to being the most popular. It is backed by the Wireless Power Consortium, which is made up of more than 200 company members that include Freescale, HTC, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.

However, there is still no Ikea in the Philippines. There were reports before of Ikea's intention to open stores soon but none have materialized as of the moment.

(Source: Gizmodo, Ikea via PR Newswire)