Starbucks tables charge your devices in Silicon Valley
In addition, the wireless charging at Starbucks will comply with the standards listed by the Power Matters Alliance. PMA compatible cases and batteries are available and AT&T has said that many of its models shipping in 2014 will support the PMA standard. LG, HTC, BlackBerry,ZTE and Samsung are some of the manufacturers that have signed on to join the PMA.
You might recall that earlier this year, we told you that a number of Euro McDonald's were going to offer wireless charging to customers through the PowerKiss systemwhich works with Qi supported phones. Those with a Qi enabled device just need to place it on the table to recharge. Those with a device that doesn't support Qi can plug in the PowerKiss ring into the earphone jack to allow them to recharge wirelessly.
source: Duracell, DuracellPowermat via IntoMobile
1. Omarc07 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I want this in LA as I go to starbucks 3-4 times a week.
3. rallyguy (Posts: 401; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I thought Starbucks was trying to discourage people from hanging out for long periods of time?
5. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)
Great, all the hipsters could pretty much live there now, lol.
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5844; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Because the Starbucks in Chicago aren't always packed already. Finding a seat next year will be a goal on peoples' bucket list. :/
7. JMartin22 (Posts: 527; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
I admire their business strategy to attract people that would be willing to purchase their overpriced coffees and lattes.
8. JC557 (Posts: 677; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I would think Starbucks would have been the first to roll it out months ago. Right now there are many McDonalds joints in NYC sporting the "wireless" charging mat/ stations.