Samsung and IKEA announce ambitious plans for wireless charging (watch report)

Samsung and IKEA announce ambitious plans for wireless charging (watch report)

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

06 Mar, 2015 | 11:40 am

Samsung Electronics Co and IKEA both announced ambitious wireless charging plans at this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), in conjunction with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

The WPC is an industry body which controls the Qi wireless charging standard, currently powering 80 handsets and 15 cars on the market.

Samsung announced on Sunday (March 1) that their new Samsung S6 and S6 Edge models will feature the world’s first universally compatible embedded wireless charging technology in a phone. Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will be launched globally on April 10.

Swedish furniture giants IKEA announced at the MWC in Barcelona their new range of wireless charging technology built directly into home furnishings, effectively turning bedside tables, lamps and desks into charging spots. USB outlets will allow additional devices to be charged simultaneously, while charging kits allow wireless charging to be built into existing furniture.

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