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    March 17, 2017

    Sony’s new patent lets you drain power from another phone

    sony xperia charging patent

    Sony Mobile has filed a new patent which could allow a user to charge their phone by wirelessly draining power from another handset.

    While many of us probably exchanged music via Bluetooth back in the early noughties and today share internet connections through mobile hotspots, Sony Mobile has decided to take things further with a new patent that describes a way to wirelessly mooch power from one device to another.

    Sony Mobile has traditionally embraced wireless technologies such as NFC (Near Field Communication), and the company’s newest patent describes a method through which the technology could be extended to include power-sharing.

    Read: Apple just joined the same wireless charging standard Samsung uses

    While the patent is vague as to how the technology would work, it briefly describes a premise where a user could place their device in close proximity with a friend’s handset, and drain power from one handset while charging another trickle by trickle.

    Since wireless charging standards such as Qi, for example, would require more power than an NFC connection on its own could provide, it is hence uncertain as to whether the patent reflects Sony’s ambition to roll such technology out to larger appliances, or limit it to mobile technology.

    While the news might be exciting to those of us who’re seeking a quick way to top up while on-the-go, the technology might only be applicable to future Sony handsets or appliances in general; the patent, as part of a series, describes methods of finding, selecting, and managing hotspots that can share power as one might use a mobile hotspot to share data.

    Read: Foxconn reportedly begins testing wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8

    What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in technology that allowed you to create wireless, power-sharing hotspots? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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