Samsung and Ikea collaborate on universal wireless charging

By John Glenday | Reporter

March 2, 2015 | 2 min read

Samsung and Ikea have emerged at the forefront of a new era of universally compatible wireless charging technology after the electronics brand and flat pack furniture retailer announced the release of new products embracing the latest iteration of the technology from April.

Both firms are collaborating with the Wireless Power Consortium for their latest wares with Samsung embedding the tech within its advanced Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices whilst Ikea will incorporate wireless charging outlets on its furniture range, negating the need for plugs and cables.

Jean-Daniel Ayme, Samsung’s deputy president of European telecommunication operations said: “Mobile devices have become a natural part of our lives – our ability to pair a simple wireless charging process with IKEA’s household furniture gives everyone the opportunity to more comfortable and conveniently enjoy their smartphone experience like never before,” said. “Samsung strives to deliver the best mobile experiences for consumers, especially in the comfort of their own home or office, and we have a long-term commitment to innovative charging solutions.”

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Jeanette Skjelmose, Ikea’s business area manager lighting and wireless charging, added: ”Through research and home visits, we know that people hate cable mess. They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power. Our new innovative solutions, which integrate wireless charging into home furnishings, will make life at home simpler.”

Current wireless charging technology requires the charger to be connected by cable to a mains power socket but by eliminating this requirement Samsung and Ikea believe far more consumers will be prepared to embrace the technique.


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