LED desk lamp wirelessly charges smartphones

Japanese technology company Konica Minolta debuts one of the most technologically advanced desk lamps we've ever seen.

Illuminates, charges, but costs too much -- for now. Konica Minolta

One of the fascinating things about living in this era is observing how everyday products can become far more useful with a little infusion of technology.

Konica Minolta today debuted a desk lamp with an ace up its sleeve: it features a built-in induction charging pad for devices that support the Qi wireless charging standard (such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and many other products). It appears to be the first of its kind.

As for other features, there isn't much to write home about: a built-in touch sensor enables the user to switch between four brightness settings -- all the way up to 1,400 lux.

The 1.5-foot-tall lamp comes in two colors: ivory and a very dark shade of blue. While the 24,800 yen ($302) LED lamp packs an aesthetic punch with its adherence to minimalism, its high cost will perhaps pinch too many pennies for some.

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