It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
There was furniture with wireless charging, and there was furniture without it.
Smartphones had given me ultimate productivity. My iPhone 6S Plus and the additional screen size meant I was doing everything from emails and articles to e-books on my phone.
Watching videos was a breeze and the extra battery size of the 6S was important for a power user like myself.
It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness
I had perfected a work and home charging setup – with a fast charging station beside my bed at home, one downstairs and another lighting cable and charger at my office by my desk. Another cable also sat in my car where I could charge my phone through a cigarette lighter adapter plug-in on trips out of the city.
But then the unthinkable happened. I lost a couple of the cords. Whether it was a meeting or a friends house – sometimes I had to bring my cables with me. I would invariably end up forgetting them.
It led me to a conundrum where eventually I was down to one lighting cable. I had to choose between bringing it to work or having it at home, where the chance of losing it would be less.
It was the season of light, it was the season of Darkness
Having built out an extensive charging network at my home, workplace and vehicle I had grown accustomed to unlimited power phone use.
But that soon changed once I was down to one cord. I had to strategically choose when to use my phone and when I’d get down to 10% the nomophobia was real.
The choice was to use Google Maps to get to a meeting or save my battery in case my contact had to send me any last minute updates about meeting timing etc.
The need for furniture with wireless charging had never been clearer.
Having been extremely familiar with ChargeSpot, the contrast between furniture with wireless charging, and that without, was a stark contrast.
We have covered, extensively, the use of furniture with wireless charging and good design in these regards. Other spaces are benefitting from the technology as well. With automakers from Ford, Honda, Toyota to BMW, Audi and Mercedes all sporting car models that include wireless charging for phones.
While it is easy to take care of home wireless charging with bedside stand, what about options for the office.
I was literally bringing in my own charging infrastructure that could have been replaced by office furniture with wireless charging. And the frustrations were real. Yes, they were first world problems, but many of our productivity issues, solutions and other productivity hacks are inherently so. It doesn’t change the fact that in an increasingly connected world we need technology and predominately smartphones for everything that we do.
At this point, I don’t have any more lines from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Only a story to offer that hit home with me. It highlighted the stark contrast between having furniture with wireless charging and being bound by cords.
Our smartphone technology has come such a long way. It’s time that our charging infrastructure catches up.