Thinking of embedding technology into a non-traditional product? This might offer you up a little inspiration...
We all have our favourite bits of tech, whether it be our smartphone, tablet or even your computer.
We also love convenience, so having the online world at our fingertips is fantastic. There was a time however when the latest tech came with a slew of wires and additional appliances. At times even charging your phone is a bit of an annoyance; perhaps you don’t have access to your charger or simply don’t have the time?
Thankfully, wireless charging could soon be taking the world by storm. it’s easy, convenient and faster than the alternative.
It’s so convenient that IKEA have decided to help out by introducing a new line of furniture that's particularly tech savvy! Tech meet no-tech we’d like to think.
Their new line of furniture will be released later this spring and in essence will enable you to come home and for example, simply place your smartphone on a desk and have it replenish your phone’s battery for you - no effort required.
The aim of the game is to make everyday life more convenient and it would seem that this is definitely a step in the right direction. It allows us to incorporate our smartphones into our everyday lives and means that keeping them charged is as simple as laying it on your kitchen table after you walk through your front door from work.
The furniture line will include an array of lamps, tables, desks and uses Qi technology. The technology allows you to wirelessly charge up by using induction transfer and placing your phone on top of a wireless pad. Simple yet efficient.
It sounds pretty innovative and it would seem that IKEA will be one of quite a few manufacturers going forward that embed technology (in some form) into their standard non tech products. Perhaps if you are that stage of looking to develop a traditional (non tech) product you might want to consider how you can use technology as a selling point and added value to your product.
We really like the sound of this (what is in essence) actually a pretty simple idea and find it fascinating that technology is becoming an ever increasing part of our everyday lives as time goes on.
Now if only that lamp could find my car keys…. (hmmm maybe that’s an idea!)
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