|Sick of looking for an outlet to charge your phone while you sip on your venti latte? It may be a thing of the past, if Starbucks has anything to say about it.|
The coffee shop giant recently announced that some of its stores in Silicon Valley will allow customers to charge their phones using wireless charging technology. One of its San Jose, Calif., stores is debuting the capability today.
Linda Mills, a spokeswoman for Starbucks, said that the company was looking at the next big thing to improve the coffee drinker's experience while in the store.
"Customers are using mobile devices more and more," she told ABC News. "Keeping your devices powered is a problem."
Starbucks uses the Duracell Powermat to charge both phones and tablets. Customers will lay their smart device flat on a designated Powermat surface.
According to Daniel Schreiber, the president of Powermat Technologies, the closer the device, the more efficient the power transfer.
"Using wireless charges just as fast as a , with no degradation, at all," he told ABC News.