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IKEA furniture to wirelessly charge Samsung S6

IKEA is to make a furniture line that is able to wirelessly charge your smartphone.

Wireless charging is very much a headline issue at the moment with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the latest to offer cable-free charging.

With this in mind, Swedish furniture giant IKEA has said that it is planning on launching a range of tables, desks and other furniture that can wirelessly charge your phone using Qi technology.

This uses inductive coils to create an electromagnetic field, which can charge your phone once you place it on a cradle, providing it is compatible with the Qi technology.

Although it is currently unclear how the cradles themselves are going to be powered, this is still an exciting leap forward for wireless charging in general and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) in particular, as that is the group that IKEA has aligned itself with, shunning the Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance.

Having wireless charging capabilities embedded in various items of furniture will be great for the connected generation as you won’t have to carry chargers around with you all the time and search out a plug socket that may be well out of arm’s reach.

What do you think of the news of IKEA’s wireless charging furniture? Is it really the future, or a bit of a gimmick, piggybacking off Samsung’s big S6 launch at the MWC on Sunday? Comment and let us know.

To find out more about the biggest and best flagship phones on the market, check out Android magazine issue 48 in which we pit four of the most exciting flagship phones against each other.