(CNet) – Come for the java, stay for the wireless juice.
Starbucks said on Thursday that it would roll out Powermat’s wireless charging station in its Starbucks and Teavana shops. The deployment will begin in the San Francisco Bay Area this year and expand to other metropolitan areas in 2015.
Starbucks’ decision could go a long way toward bringing some clarity to the state of wireless power, which has been mired in a three-way battle of differing standards that has resulted in customer confusion. The coffee chain’s early decision to supply Wi-Fi was instrumental in the adoption of that technology more than a decade ago, and Powermat Technologies is convinced history will repeat itself.
“This is the harmonization of the industry that consumers are clamoring for,” Daniel Schreiber, president of Powermat Technologies, said in an interview.