Certain U.K. Starbucks will charge up your phone wirelessly while you consume your coffee

Certain U.K. Starbucks will charge up your phone wirelessly while you consume your coffee
Recently, we told you that selected McDonald's restaurants in the U.K. will be offering Qi wireless charging to customers. Now, it would appear that
ten Starbucks locations in London will be offering Powermat wireless charging to coffee sipping consumers in the city. By the end of the month, the service will be available at Starbucks stores in Princes Street, Kingsway, Wardour Street, Pentonville Road, Harewood Place, Berkeley Street, Great Portland Street, Moorgate, Fleet Street and Euston Tower. More locations will be added with time.

Starbucks will at first lend out the rings necessary to use the Powermat system. Eventually, they will be offered for sale by the coffee retailer. The rings plug into a micro-USB port, a Lightning port, or a 30-pin port for older iPhone models, and are then aligned with the circle on the Powermat.

An accompanying Powermat app will help you find a Starbucks that uses the technology and will also alert you when your phone is fully charged. The same app will warn you when your battery is low, telling you that a trip to Starbucks should be on your itinerary.


source: Pocketlint

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10 Comments

1. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

They may as well cure my hangovers, i'm already paying alot of money for not a lot of coffee!

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

*imitation of coffee

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

this is a great idea because it introduces the thechnology to more people in a less expenseive way, that they can actually see and understand

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Isn't this virtually useless? What phones actually have Powermat compatibility?...

4. engineer-1701d unregistered

the adapter is supplied but i see them going bye bye hahahaha

5. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

It's Qi, no?

7. wilsong17 unregistered

You mean iPhone

3. engineer-1701d unregistered

they said last year all starbucks had signed a deal to have wireless charging mats for the tables still have yet to see you.

8. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

What happens when someone spills their $10 (exaggeration) coffee on this?

9. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

They might be able to put a thin, clear plastic film on the charger, but the adapter will probably break.

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