Starbucks Announces Wireless Charging On Tables

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Starbucks announced Thursday that wireless charging for mobile devices is being rolled out nationwide. Designated "Powermat Spots" will begin appearing on tables at Starbucks, allowing patrons to charge devices more conveniently, not needing to search for a table with an outlet.

The circle that looks like a coaster is a Powermat Spot

Duracell is partnering with Starbucks to provide the charging spots, which comply with the open wireless charging standard used by HTC, Samsung, Microsoft, and others. Charging an iPhone is also possible, but requires either Duracell's Powermat case or a small device for charging iOS devices.

No specific dates were mentioned, but the rollout begins in the San Francisco area, expanding to "additional major markets" in 2015, with full US rollout planned, and pilots in Europe and Asia.

Duracell's President Stassi Anastassov had this to say:

“When Starbucks introduced WiFi in their stores in 2001, 95 percent of devices didn’t have WiFi, and multiple standards hampered the industry. The rest is history. Starbucks's plan to offer Powermat nationally is likely to settle any lingering standards question and usher wireless power into the mainstream.”

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Cool! Of course this means I have to start the timer on "DIGITIMES NEXT IPHONE INDUCTION CHARGING BECAUSE STARBUCKS"…now. Let's see how long that takes to become a thing. This looks cool for folks who can do it without any extra hardware. Usually when I'm at Starbucks it's my laptop not my phone that needs power, so I still have to scout out a table with an outlet. For people who stop in and just need a boost, this looks like a great solution.

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I’ve seen those charging pads at the LVCC Starbucks when I was at CES…

Macadamia Nut

Oh, good!

When I first saw the headline I thought Starbucks was charging people for using wireless. 

—Walter Wright

Lee Dronick

  When I first saw the headline I thought Starbucks was charging people for using wireless.

As slow as their WiFi usually is we should be charging them demurrage. smile

Seriously 4G is usually faster. Depends of course on how many people are sharing the WiFi.

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