Desk of the Future Will Charge Electronic Devices
By Helen Chernikoff, Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters)—In the office of the future, desk jockeys who cannot live without cell phones, BlackBerrys and iPods will be able to charge up such devices just by putting them on their desks.
Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. has a license from Fulton Innovation for eCoupled, a system that eliminates the need for dedicated chargers, said Herman Miller spokesman Mark Schurman in a telephone interview.
“Hallelujiah!” said Jim Lynch, director of the Association of Professional Office Managers.
A desk equipped with eCoupled would save money on adapters, said Lynch, who would recommend it to his 8,000 members.
“Those things are 30 bucks each and if you have 50 people in your office the cost really adds up,” Lynch said