Wouldn’t it be great if any table - perhaps your desk or bedside table - could just wirelessly charge a phone!?
Well, thanks to Ikea, that day has arrived. Its $40 Sjömärke is a little gadget, about the same size as your smartphone, that you can attach underneath any wood or plastic table with screws or double-sided tape. And hey presto! That table can wirelessly charge your phone.
Are there any caveats? Oh sure, a few. You’ll need to plug the Sjömärke into an outlet to draw power, which will require you to discreetly snake the thin white cord down a table leg and to a wall. Easy enough. And, of course, you need the right type of phone.
Not every table will work: you want the tabletop or shelf to be a little under an inch thick for optimal power transfer. And don't expect the whole surface of the table will magically be electric after installing the Sjömärke. You’ll need to line up your phone in the right spot to charge it. But, let's face it, that's hardly difficult.