Starbucks announced that they will be installing Duracell Powermat chargers in stores nationwide, beginning in San Francisco.
The Powermat chargers are circular pads embedded into tabletops and counters, where customers will be able to receive free, wireless power for their smart phones.
Only customers with a compatible phone case or plug-in adapter can benefit from the charging stations. These adapters are currently available at AT&T stores, but Starbucks hasn’t said whether or not they will be selling the adapters as well.
While Powermat has many competitors in the wireless power field, Starbucks is confident that their customers will be quick to embrace the new technology.
Last week Apple announced “HomeKit,” a new platform that aims to make the home automation industry much smarter. HomeKit users will be able to control lights, locks, doors, thermostats, cameras and more via one single iOS 8 app.
While iOS 8 isn’t available until the Fall, the beta test is available now for smart home companies looking to develop software/products compatible with HomeKit.
Apple’s goal is to encourage various home automation devices to work together on their platform and revolutionize the smart home industry.
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