You might soon be able to wirelessly share phone charge

A logo of Sony Corp is seen outside its showroom in Tokyo

Our devices are always switched on and most times constantly used, because of this, smartphones continue to constantly run out of battery. In situations where your battery runs out of juice and you are not in an environment where you can quickly charge it, a new patent filed by Sony could potentially allow phones to charge by transferring power from other devices, and guess what? this can be achieved without the use of cables.

What A Future discovered a patent filed by Sony published earlier this month. The patent describes a leapfrogging technique for wireless transfer of power and data between devices, including smartphones, refrigerators, Television sets, computers or any other IoT gadget. Although the patent doesn’t specifically associate this technology with smartphones, it states that it can be applied to a variety of gadgets.

The concept behind this wireless charging is an antenna system, like near-field communication (NFC) chips, which would be able to search for and connect to devices with similar tech located within a certain distance, it searches similar to searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot.  Sony mentions that power can only be borrowed from compatible devices with the same tech.

Even though transferring charge without cables could be a very useful feature to have while on the go, it’s important to note that this is just a patented idea. It’s unclear how quickly wireless charging will become commonplace or whether this will eventuate into a product, but Sony might just be preparing for the future.

Sony is trying to find a way to keep us all wirelessly charged up – by sucking power from devices around us.. sounds like a good idea right?

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem and is a product or a process. Patents are a form of intellectual property.

Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets. Sony is ranked 116th on the 2015 list of Fortune Global 500.

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