Having previously released the WoodPuck charger made of bamboo and a Qistone+ wireless power bank that looks like a zen stone, London-based Fonesalesman is following in Ikea's footsteps by integrating Qi wireless charging technology into its planned FurniQi furniture range. The company was at IFA with a prototype bamboo side table that is set to be the first FurniQi product.
The FurniQi side table on display offered an etched circular zone to guide the placement of Qi-enabled devices for induction charging. According to the demo video shown at the press event, the FurniQi side table takes less than a minute to assemble at home, with each side kit coming with a wood table top, two interlocking leg pieces, four bolts, and a hex key to put it all together.
The number of Qi-compatible products and accessories have been growing over time. Some of the latest smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, support Qi wireless charging right out of the box and there's no shortage of cases that will bring the capabilities to existing devices.
Having previously found crowdfunding success with its iQi Mobile device that brings wireless charging to iPhone 5, 5C and 5S models, Fonesalesman is looking to repeat the feat with the FurniQi furniture line through an Indigogo campaign that is set to launch next month. Though the prototype table on display at IFA had two charging discs installed, there's a possibility the crowdfunding project may offer a table with just the one.
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