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Duracell and Starbucks test wireless charging spots in Boston

Mobile devices and coffee shops go hand in hand, but what if you need a charge? Carry your cord around and then look for that one open outlet behind a couch somewhere? In the near future, you could charge your tablet or phone just by sitting it on a table or counter. Duracell and Starbucks have teamed up to bring this very technology to Boston Starbucks locations, and it could come nationwide at some point.

The wireless charging panels are called Duracell Powermats, and they allow users to charge up by simply placing their devices on a tiny black circle embedded in Starbucks countertops. The initiative is part of the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), an effort by led by AT&T, Duracell, Starbucks, Powermat Technologies and Procter & Gamble (the parent company of Duracell) to create an open standard for smart wireless power.

With regards to the Boston area testing of the tabletop charging spots, Brotman told the Boston Globe, “We’re building the Powermat technology into some of the tabletops, just to get a sense for how our customers will react, compared to having to plug their mobile devices into the wall.”

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