Seventeen Starbucks locations in the Boston area will be testing out a new wireless charging feature, says the Globe. Or rather they'll be trying it out on you to see what you think. In the words of one Starbucks official: "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." Here's how it works: patrons can either use an inductive charging device that they already own for their smartphone, or they can possibly borrow one from the store. The phone is placed on the table. It charges. Maybe something weird then happens to you that the world only learns about in 50 years? Three locations already have the test systems in place: One Financial Center, 125 Summer Street, and 101 Federal Street. For a list of all seventeen, see Boston.com.
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[Photo: Beacon Hill]