The world of technology is forever changing and expanding. Now, mainstream stores, such as IKEA, have begun to release a range of modern gadgets and furniture pieces. These high-tech pieces seek to combine both functionality and style. They allow customers to use their gadgets in their home with complete and utter ease.
One of the latest developments has to be IKEA’s range of phone-charging furniture pieces. These cool, new pieces can charge smartphones with Qi wireless charging, but what about other phones? Luckily, the Swedish multinational company has come up with a solution to this minor problem.
What is Qi wireless charging?
You may have heard of this new technology, but do you know what it does? Some new smartphones, including the Nexus 4, have a built-in charging system that allows people to charge it. All you need to do is pop the phone on a charging pad (rather than plugging it into the main power) and leave it to charge. This design is the height of contemporary technology and a function that is sure to take off in the next few years. The range of furniture that IKEA has just released have built-in charging pads.
The IKEA iPhone 6 adapter
Strangely enough, two of the most popular phones on the market, the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, do not have this technology. That is why IKEA have now released a new gadget to help turn these two phones into ready-to-charge ones. The gadget’s name is VITAHULT.
The adapter is easy to use. In fact, it looks much like a regular phone case. To use the device, a customer has to slip it over their current phone. Once a user pops the gadget over their phone, they can use any of the charging pads around their home to charge their phone. In effect, that means that the gadget transforms either smartphone into one with remote charging. Experts believe that the device will be extremely popular when it hits stores in Spring 2015.
What does the range include?
It is not just charging pads that can charge the smartphones – there will be a range of furniture pieces that also have this ability. There are many super sleek and sophisticated pieces within the range. For example, the store will release a range of lamps and nightstands, which will have built-in pads you can use whenever you need to do so.
Is it worth the money?
The range of gadgets and furnishings are quite reasonable when you compare them to similar pieces on the market. In keeping with IKEA’s house style, the pieces are contemporary and chic. The idea of charging a phone without a traditional charger is one that has been a long time in the making. Now, many modern smartphones have this capability. With this brand new technology available to everybody, it is clear to see that most mainstream brands will follow suit. The novelty of charging a smartphone by putting it on a particular surface is enough to sell the gadget to many users. Whether this device has any longevity, though, is still unclear.