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Ikea to sell furniture that will charge mobile devices

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Swedish furniture maker Ikea International unveiled a new range of furniture that can wirelessly charge mobile devices.

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The collection includes tables, desks and lamps have wireless charging devices inside them. The wireless charging works through an energy induction transfer and the furniture needs to be connected to a power source. The collection will hit the shelves of Ikea shops in Europe and North America on April 15, followed by a global roll-out.

Ikea's introduction of wireless charging functionality on some of its new furniture heats up the battle for a global wireless charging standard, of which there are currently three, all struggling to become the global leader.

Ikea will equip its new range of furniture with Qi-certified wireless chargers from the Wireless Power Consortium and has also joined the organization. The Qi-standard is supported by smartphone makers like Samsung, HTC and Microsoft.

The two other standards are the Power Matters Alliance which rolls out wireless charging facilities at Starbucks SBUX, +0.79% cafes in the U.S. and the Alliance for wireless power, A4WP.

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