The wireless charging-capable furniture announced by IKEA last month will be available by the end of spring. The company issued a document detailing its wireless charging furniture with the tag “ARRIVING IN USA LATE SPRING 2015.” Pricing for the specialized furniture starts at $27.99. IKEA also has cord management boxes and cases to allow for your devices to be compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard that its furniture utilizes.
Hit the break for the pieces and their prices.
Today is pre-order day for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and there are some great bonus deals to consider. T-Mobile is giving one FREE year of Netflix and Sprint will lease you the phone for FREE.
Up next is Best Buy with another promotion. They will give you a FREE wireless charging pad with your order of the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. That’s a $59.99 value and will get you started with wireless charging. You can put it on your nightstand, your office, or wherever is convenient.
source: Best Buy
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are Samsung’s first smartphones to include support for Wireless Charging. Whilst the handsets can be charged with any standard WPC or PMA charger, the South Korean company will be offering a wireless charging pad for a fee.
There is already a lot of buzz about Samsung’s decision to seal the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge as part of the new design they incorporated for the devices. This is a change for many people who are used to being able to swap batteries and back covers. In the past, one option owners of Samsung smartphones had was to add a wireless charging capable back cover to their device. Without that option, Samsung took the challenge as an opportunity that may lead to easier charging and better energy management in their new devices. Read more
Although it’s adopted by many of the market’s leading manufacturers, wireless charging is still considered to be an emerging technology. At present, there are three main parties striving to provide the service — the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC/Qi), the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). South Korean multinational company, Samsung, is a member of all three parties, and now it looks like it’s trying to bring them all together in its latest smartphone — the Galaxy S6.
According to a new report from multiple sources, the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone will feature the wireless charging feature out of the box. In previous Galaxy flagships, wireless charging was only included with the help of an additional case. But things could be different this year. Read more
In November, Starbucks made it known that its locations would feature wireless charging stations based on the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard. Devices with support for the PMA standard would benefit by Starbucks offering simple charging. Those without wireless charging (or of a different standard) would be able to purchase special adapters for Android and iOS devices. It started with two hundred Starbucks locations in San Francisco, but now the coffeehouse chain has expanded the wireless charging stations to the United Kingdom. The launch in the United Kingdom starts with ten locations in London and then it will spread throughout the country. No timetable has been provided for the expansion.
Energous visited CES 2015 this year to show off their WattUp system for wireless charging mobile devices. By wireless charging though, Energous does not mean a charging pad that you have put your device on. While convenient, charging pads still limit the availability of mobile devices. The Energous WattUp system actually charges devices over-the-air up to 20 feet away from their most recent router. To showcase the technology, Energous setup a suite at CES 2015 to serve as a typical home with founder Michael Leabman moving around while charging his devices. Read more
The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have announced plans to merge completely by the end of the year. This merging will lower the number of competitors from three to two, with the last remaining competitor of the new group being the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and its Qi charging standard. Read more
Wireless charging is slowly becoming a standard for smartphones (even if an actual standard cannot be decided). Tablet, on the other hand, have received very little attention when it comes to wireless charging. Hardware just do not seem to care about the feature for tablets. The primary reason for that is because the current technology would have a tablet charging at an extremely slow pace. Freescale, a company that his its roots with Motorola, is developing a solution that would bring wireless charging to tablets.