With technological advances came new solutions for emerging problems. We now have smartphones which are changing every aspects of our lives. Straight from smart living to finance, you will find a smart phone in use.
Statistically, it is predicted that in the next few years, more smartphones will be browsing the internet than desktops. Android powered smart phones are now accessible to more and more people around the world. Android operated smartphones come with numerous advantages. One of them is that most Android apps are free. Redundancy is also widespread. It is a common thing for multiple apps performing the same function to be in use by a user. The more apps installed, the more power needed and nothing substantial has been done to reduce power drain inconveniences — until now.
Sony is now thinking outside the box, trying to figure out a solution for this perennial problem. Sony just patented a technology that will allow smartphones and other consumer devices to share power — quite literally. The patent was published under US 20170064283 and this intellectual property describes a method where smart consumer devices can share power, wirelessly.
The technology employed will not be anything new. It has been in use, albeit in other ways such as mobile app payment. Under this patent, Sony will use the Near Field Communication (NFC), a kind of antenna system that Sony is famous for, to expedite this power transfer. Sony smart devices will house two antennas. One antenna is for data exchange while the other will be is for transmitting power between smart devices.
The coolest thing that Sony mentions in this patent is the way in which you can search for antennas just like you would when you are searching for Wi-Fi hotspots. Once you scan and find multiple devices within range, you will have the freedom to draw power from consumer devices which are charging and plugged in a socket. Under this patent, Sony limits you from charging your device from other gadgets running on battery power alone.
The problem, though, is the short range in which NFC operates. This means that for wireless charging, you need to actually keep all devices very close to each other. They should also be within the charging hotspot range for transmission to take place.