IKEA Wireless Charging Review: Almost Like Having Magic Furniture

Cheap and easy wireless charging sounds like Nikola Tesla’s fantasy brought to life. It’s downright futuristic to think your smartphone could suck up juice just by placing it near a power source. And that’s exactly what IKEA wants to do with its new wireless charging devices. Yes, that IKEA — the Swedish furniture empire.

IKEA Is Now Putting Wireless Charging In Your Furniture

Charging cables? Who needs ‘em. Smartphone makers have been clamouring for ways to ditch those tangled microUSB nuisances — and now the world’s largest furniture retailer is joining the fight.

Adaptive Resonance Tech Could Make Wireless Charging Less Finicky

Even though the companies involved have finally come together in a consortium and finalised a standard, wireless charging is still struggling to gain acceptance. But a new technology called adaptive resonance from Fulton Innovation promises to bridge the gaps between devices and make wireless charging pads less difficult to use.

Culturemodo: Was QI Live Worth A Small Fortune?

Yes, tickets for the live version of perennial TV quiz favourite QI were hideously expensive. But I was more than happy to see the show in Melbourne, and not just because Stephen Fry and Alan Davies tripped down under to do it. Here are five other reasons.

Stephen Fry's QI Quiz Show Live In Australia: $200 Per Ticket!?

Welcome to QI, the show that rhymes with bleed your pocket dry. But if you’re a total trivia geek (guilty as charged), and rich (not so much) then you’ll be pleased to hear that Fry, Alan Davies, and special local guests are headed to Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. No word on Sydney or if ABC will pick up broadcast rights. [Ticketek]

Wireless Charger For Your... Chargers?

When the wireless charging standard you support is floundering and nobody wants to adopt the technology in their actual products, making a wireless mat for portable USB chargers is one dumb way to keep yourself occupied.

Energizer's New Inductive Charger The First To Use Qi Standard

Inductive chargers have been kicking around for a while now, but Energizer’s new charging platter is the first to utilise Qi technology – the new universal standard for inductive charging. That’s one small step closer to total freedom from cables.

Qi Wireless Charging Standard Finalised

The Wireless Power Consortium has finalised the Qi standard meant for low power devices. It’s good for gadgets up to 5 watts. And the goal is for the standard to be interoperable between chargers and gadgets from different makers. That’s the sort of openness that doesn’t always happen when standards are too vague, so I’m glad to see the right intent. [Wireless Power Consortium via Engadget]