IKEA is about to become more than an affordable homewares company – the Swedish furniture giant has recently unveiled a new plan to introduce wireless charging pads on their furniture. Soon you will be able to charge your mobile devices wirelessly by placing them on a fitted charging spot on your desk.
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At a time in history where mobile devices like smart phones and tablets already infiltrate our lives, what will happen when you can simply place your phone on your countertop to charge? Is it even safe? Brain cancer has had a surge of diagnoses over the last 20 years and a recent study showed that when people used a mobile phone for 50 minutes, brain tissues on the same side of the head as the phone’s antenna metabolised more glucose than did tissues on the opposite side of the brain. With this evidence, what will the increased risk be if our furniture is emitting these signals?
The line called “Home Smart” will include lamps, bedside tables, coffee table, as well as, individual charging pads for other surfaces. It integrates the Qi wireless charging technology into these special charging pads on the furniture and will be launched in North America and Europe in April.
IKEA’s plan to join forces with the technology sector is a means to break into the new younger generation market who seek immediacy and are attached to their mobile devices at all times. Do you think we needed this added convenience in our life? Is it really necessary to have a charging spots always “on” and active next to us?