No matter how small, convenient, or innovative our gadgets become, there's one thing that remains constant over the iterations -- everything needs to be charged. Phones, digital cameras, music players; they all need to juice up at some point and they all seem to use different cables to do so. One trend we've been seeing more and more of are furniture surfaces that do the charging without the cables.
Finnish company, Powerkiss, has developed an inductive coupling device that can be built within furniture, turning a desk-, table-, or countertop into a wireless charging station. Any gadget that has a charging receiver plugged into it can receive a charge when placed on the enabled furniture.
The concept is currently being tested at Café Alvar A and the Via Lounge at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Charging is currently limited to mobile phones, though Powerkiss hopes to soon create a system that can charge a laptop wirelessly. Ultimately Powerkiss wants to partner up with consumer electronic companies in order to have their tech built into the gadgets themselves, but we like that it's currently available as a plug-and-play option. Sometimes it's nice not having to buy a whole new device to take advantage of new tech.