On MNN, I am doing a series about how new smart technologies are going to affect the way we live and work.
IKEA is now building wireless inductive charging into some of its furniture, but I worry that it's an idea whose time has not yet come. The reason can be summed up in one word: Betamax. There are too many competing standards, apple isn't playing and Intel is introducing a new standard to rule them all. More in MNN: Charge it: IKEA builds inductive charging into furniture