Coming Soon: Furniture That Charges Your Phone

Countertops, tables and home appliances with wireless charging capability mean less clutter — and zero effort powering your phone

Wireless charging has been around for a while, and it’s convenient for mobile phone users — you don’t have to actually plug in a phone to charge it.

The way it works is that a base station creates an electromagnetic field, which passes through the exterior of the phone and electrifies an internal charger, thus charging the phone. The feature is available as an option sold separately for most of the phone handsets that support it. It’s also possible to buy an external case for some phones, such as the iPhone, which gives it wireless charging capability.

Wireless charging for other devices has been around for a long time. If you have an electric toothbrush, for example, it probably charges wirelessly.

In the future you’ll never have to consciously charge your phone. Just setting it down on a kitchen table, bedside table, coffee table or desk will charge it, because a wireless charger will be built into every surface you might set your phone on.

Companies are making new progress toward that goal, and wireless charging tables are showing up in public places. A few Starbucks outlets in Silicon Valley have started integrating wireless charging stations into the tables. McDonald’s is also testing the use of wireless charging in Europe. General Motors, Toyota and Chrysler are planning to offer wireless charging to some 2014 model cars.

Multipurpose devices such as lamps and clock radios can do double duty as charging stations too. And a few baby steps toward commercially available home tables and countertops that charge gadgets are in the works. DuPont, for example, plans to embed wireless charging technology into its Corian synthetic granite countertops; gadgets can be charged by simply placing them on the surface.

This feature highlights the electromagnetic permeability of Corian, which actual granite doesn’t have. DuPont imagines a world in which kitchen counters, dining room tables, bathroom sink countertops, bedside tables and coffee tables come with an option for wireless charging.

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Mike Elgan
Houzz Contributor. I’m a Silicon Valley-based writer, columnist and blogger, covering technology and culture.


5 Unique and Handy Kitchen Gadgets

With the warmer weather, we can’t stop thinking about outdoor parties, grilling out and fresh, summer eats! If you are an M/I homeowner, you’re probably loving cooking in your new, quality, spacious kitchen! But becoming a culinary mastermind is not something you can do alone! Bring innovation and style into your kitchen with five unique and handy kitchen gadgets to help you whip up something delicious!

3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

Avocado Slicer

This multipurpose tool is equipped with all you need for any type of avocado preparation. It includes a serrated plastic blade to cut through the avocado’s skin and the exclusively designed pitter will remove the seed in one single twist. Finally, your avocado will be cut into consistent slices with the efficient fan blade. This gadget is perfect for making spring salads and other scrumptious avocado dishes! You can purchase the OXO 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer online at Williams-Sonoma. (Did we mention that avocado are considered a super food?!)

Over-the-Sink Cutting Board

Cutting Board

This cutting board has it all. You can now efficiently chop and wash your fruits and vegetables in one easy step! This board is equipped with a 2.5 ounce collapsible colander at the end to place fruits and vegetables in to dry. In addition, the high-density polypropylene board is stain and odor resistant and features nonslip handles. This Nonslip Over-the-Sink Board with Colander is available for purchase online at Crate & Barrel.

Pizza Scissors

Pizza Scissors

These innovative pizza scissors will have you saying, “I’ll have another slice please!” This tool fuses two important pizza tools into one, combining kitchen-shears with a wedge shaped spatula so your piece of pizza will be perfect every single time. In addition, the pizza scissors feature sharp, stainless-steel blades, a soft grip designed for both left and right handed users and a protective seal that won’t scratch your pizza pan. You can order yours at Amazon.

Pasta Measurer

Pasta Measurer

Pasta, party of one!  Are you ever in the mood for spaghetti, but avoid making it because you can’t imagine pasta leftovers for an entire week? The Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure is here to make sure you have the perfect portion. This simple design allows you to measure pasta with ease by sliding the side lever on the side of the disc to open the camera-style aperture. Simple, quick and convenient! Even a budget-savvy chef can enjoy this product at only $6.99. Purchase your Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure online at Bloomingdale’s.

Herb Mill 

Herb Milll

Looking for a quick and easy way to chop your herbs? The search is over! The Microplane Herb Mill will quickly mince your oregano, parsley or any other herb you have in seconds. With patented dual-action stainless-steel scissor blades, the Herb Mill ensures a smooth technique that will not damage or tear the herbs’ delicate leaves. This gadget is ideal when making salad dressings or adding seasoning to any dish. The Microplane Herb Mill is available at Williams-Sonoma for online purchase.

Wish you had a bigger or more practical kitchen to cook with all these fabulous gadgets? We have move-in ready homes available now or can help you build your dream home in one of our many Indianapolis neighborhoods. For more information or general inquiries, give us a call at 317.883.9517 or email


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