Ikea has been within the wi-fi charging recreation for some time, with desks that provide built-in charging docks for appropriate telephones. Now, nevertheless, you possibly can add Wi-fi Qi charging to your workspace with out having to redecorate – due to the Sjömärke.
The wonderfully-named gadget is designed to work via wooden and plastic; by fastening it to the underside of a desk you possibly can create a wi-fi charging area simply above it on the topside. This could imply that you may simply make area for it even when your workstation is as cluttered as a few of ours.
Earlier than you go forward and purchase one although, be certain your desk matches with what Ikea recommends; you’ll desire a wooden or plastic desk that’s between 8-22 mm (or 0.31-0.87 inches) thick. Yow will discover out extra particulars from the digital manual.
Proper now we’ve solely seen an inventory within the US for the Sjömärke and it’s priced at $39.99. We have reached out to Ikea for particulars on its availability within the UK and Australia, if we discover out extra we’ll you’ll want to add them right here.
Opinion: wired charging is a relic
Over the weekend we argued that the newly introduced iPhone 13 is virtually a portless iPhone at this level. Given the choices supplied by BlueTooth and Qi charging (or proprietary tech like Apple’s MagSafe), you might very simply by no means plug your smartphone into something.
Ikea’s Sjömärke charger exhibits that we aren’t the one ones who really feel wi-fi charging will quickly be a dominating power. It has been championing the tech for years forward of its rivals, and its newest gadget will make it straightforward so that you can DIY wi-fi charging into the desk you already personal.
Wi-fi charging simply feels extra handy too. We have all forgotten to plug our telephone in at evening to get up to 4% of battery life left – it will have been a lot simpler to simply plonk it on a pad on a close-by floor. It is also safer from a knowledge perspective, as you by no means know if a public wired charging port is secretly attempting to steal your telephone’s information – whereas wi-fi charging has no such dangers.
We reckon it will be a minimum of one other 12 months earlier than an organization is courageous sufficient to announce a portless telephone, however when it comes it will be a long-overdue announcement.