Desks may soon recharge the phone

Herman Miller licenses magnetic technology for furniture

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
Mike Yamamoto

If there's one thing everyone agrees on, it's that we all need a better way to charge the multiplying electronic devices that run our lives. One of the more anticipated technologies in this department, for example, has been the "WildCharger" wireless recharging pad. Herman Miller, the office furnishing designer extraordinaire that gave us the "Aeron" chair, has apparently a concept similar to the WildCharger's and plans to use it in future desks.

The company has licensed a system called "eCoupled," which uses a magnetic field that can theoretically charge cell phones, music players, PDAs and other commonly used electronics, according to Reuters. Unlike the overpriced Aeron, which became something of an emblem of dot-com excess in the 1990s, products with this technology may actually be worth the money.