Ikea launches furniture with inbuilt wireless chargers for cellphones, tablets

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Lost that charger again for your cellphone or tablet? Hate sorting heaps of wires to charge various devices?

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Swedish retailer IKEA might just have the answer — furniture with built-in charging spots, including in bedside tables, lamps and desks.

The new collection will be available in Europe and North America from next month, followed by global distribution.

Jeanette Skjelmose, manager of the lighting and wireless charging sector, said Monday Ikea aims to make life at home simpler because "we know that people hate cable mess."

The new furniture uses the Qi wireless charging standard, found in some Windows and Android phones, including the new Samsung Galaxy S6 expected to be launched soon.

Ikea said it will also provide special charging covers for iPhones and older Samsung Galaxies.