Ikea has unveiled their Home Smart range. This is a line of furniture that is fitted with wireless charging spots that can be used to charge mobile devices. They have used the wireless charging standard QI. This is supported by the Samsung S6.
The Home Smart range will include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. Also, IKEA will offer individual charging pads that can be used on any type of surface. There will also be charging covers that can be used for incompatible Samsung and iPhone models. This range of furniture is supposed to go on sale in North America and the United Kingdom in April 2015.
“Our belief is that mobile phones are vital parts to people’s lives at home and their desire to stay connected, and Qi addresses an unmet need to keep devices powered,” Ikea spokesman Bjorn Block said.
Some of the existing users have mentioned in online forums that their mobile devices get hot while they are charging on a pad wirelessly. If a mobile device gets hot while it is charging, it means that power is not being sufficiently added to the battery, but it is being lost through heat.
The environmental group Friends of the Earth mentioned that they hoped that recycling was a main priority for the designers who are incorporating wireless charging equipment in furniture. When building the furniture, they encourage the manufacturers to have the ideas of reuse, repair, and recycling as their main building principles.
“A key principle that manufacturers of furniture with built-in wireless charging technology should consider is that the furniture is designed to be easy to disassemble for upgrade, reuse, repair or recycling,” Julian Kirby, resource use campaigner at Friends of the Earth, told the BBC.
“Disposable electric toothbrushes are one example of a terrible product design in those respects – it’s virtually impossible to separate out the tech from the batteries and plastic casing which means valuable an