Many of us聽love a good cup of coffee, be it traditional joe or聽crazy innovative coffee聽in the morning. Another thing we all love is a full charge on our smartphones as we start our day. Now imagine if you could combine the two and turn your聽delicious caffeine habit into a phone聽charging opportunity. We鈥檝e got excellent news.聽Two students聽from the Copenhagen School of Interaction Design聽are collaborating with IKEA聽to make your dreams come true.


They鈥檝e come up with a genius design that converts the heat from your cup of coffee (or anything, really, as long as it鈥檚 hot) into power. Here鈥檚 how it works: The designers came up with聽a tabletop that harvests heat from whatever you put聽on it. Then you set your phone on the table, near where an X marks the spot, and the energy is transferred right into your phone 鈥 so it鈥檚 wireless to boot.


The project, called Heat Harvest, came out of the Space 10 lab, an IKEA initiative where up-and-coming designers work on products that will make urban living that much better.

The inspiration for聽Heat Harvest is the fact that we generate so much potential energy throughout the day without even realizing it 鈥 and it鈥檚 really a huge waste. 鈥淲e don鈥檛 think much about the excess heat our homes produce, even though there is so much of it. Everything from our cookware and tea pots to computers and game consoles can get very hot to the touch, but we just let the heat dissipate into the air,鈥 the Space 10 website reads.


The product is still in development, so it鈥檚 not available at IKEA quite yet, but honestly, we can鈥檛 wait. Talk about energy conservation at its finest!

Would you invest in a Heat Harvest table?聽Tweet us about it @britandco!