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The Lovesac has been granted a patent for a furniture system that includes a hidden induction charger for charging electrical devices. The system consists of a base with a seating surface and a transverse member with a backrest or armrest. The transverse member contains a charging surface, first and second cushioning materials, and an embedded induction coil. The induction charger is positioned between the cushioning materials and provides induction charging when an electrical device is placed adjacent to the charging surface. The charger is hidden from view and can be compressed when a force is applied to the charging surface. GlobalData’s report on Lovesac gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Lovesac, wireless hearing aid was a key innovation area identified from patents. Lovesac's grant share as of June 2023 was 1%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for hidden induction charger in furniture system

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Lovesac Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11689856B2) describes a furniture system that incorporates an electrical charging system for charging electronic devices. The furniture system includes a base with a seating surface and a transverse member, which can be a backrest or an armrest, secured to the base. The transverse member consists of a frame, cushioning materials, and a charging surface. An induction charger with an embedded induction coil is positioned between the cushioning materials to provide wireless charging to an electrical device placed on the charging surface.

One notable feature of the furniture system is that the induction charger is hidden from view, ensuring a seamless and aesthetically pleasing design. The charging surface is covered by a removable cover, which can be an outer cover mounted over an inner cover. The cover conceals the induction charger, cushioning materials, and frame, maintaining a clean and uncluttered appearance.

The patent also mentions that the thickness of the cushioning materials can vary depending on whether a force is applied to the charging surface. When no force is applied, the combination of cushioning materials remains uncompressed. However, when a force is applied, the combination becomes compressed, and the thickness can be reduced to less than 75% of its uncompressed state.

Additionally, the patent describes different configurations for the furniture system. It mentions the use of foam padding as the cushioning material and provides options for the depth of the cushioning materials. The patent also discusses the positioning of the induction charger and the cover, including the possibility of an inner cover mounted on the cushioning material and an outer cover selectively mounted on the inner cover.

Overall, this patented furniture system offers a convenient and visually appealing solution for charging electronic devices. By integrating wireless charging capabilities into the design, the system eliminates the need for external charging cables and provides a seamless charging experience.

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