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IKEA Brings Qi Charging To The Masses

Barcelona, Spain — Wireless charging just got a lot more mainstream: IKEA announced it will begin selling furniture with embedded Qi charging in its stores.

Qi is the wireless-charging format supported by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which includes such CE companies as Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola, ZTE and Verizon Wireless.

The line will include tables, lamps and desks, all available in April.

There are currently two competing groups in the wireless-charging space: WPC and the newly merged Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance.