Wireless charging in mobile phones isn’t a new phenomenon. In 2012, Nokia Lumia phones shipped with Qi wireless charging and manufacturers such as Samsung, Google, and LG have incorporated the concept since.

Patent summary

The patent appears to describe an antenna system that would allow a device, such as a mobile phone, to transfer power from a wireless charging base station. It also suggests antennas could transmit power from one consumer electronic (CE) device to another. For example, one phone could provide power to another.

“At least the first antenna system is cooperated with a first CE device and the second antenna system is cooperated with a separate second CE device,” the patent says. “The system provides a graphical user interface to illustrate each of the identified antenna systems, and receives user instructions corresponding to at least two of the identified antenna systems, to generate configuration instructions in accordance with the user instructions, and to configure selected CE devices in accordance with the configuration instructions

The patent titled ‘Configuration of Data and Power Transfer in Near Field Communications’ was uncovered by tech which describes a system by which two smartphones could wirelessly trade power via Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The patent doesn’t specify that these devices would necessarily be phones, instead using the term “portable consumer electronic device.”

The futuristic technique could enable mobile phones to take power from a range of electric devices, including other smartphones and computers, as well as washing machines, fridges and TVs. The patent focuses mostly around ways devices could search for nearby antennas that could help power it, the same way a device could search for available Wi-Fi hotspots. However, both devices involved in the transfer would need an NFC antenna for power transfer.

Related patent

This isn’t the first time when we have seen patents and patent fillings related to new wireless charging techniques. Apple has also filed a patent for an inductive wireless charging technology that can charge your device from a distance no matter where you are.

The patent, filed in 2016, suggests that Sony is envisioning a future where consumer electronics can transfer power between one another without cords. This would eliminate the need to always carry around power banks, provided your friends are willing to share or if you have multiple devices that can boost one another’s charge to last the day.

The concept behind NFC (Fear Field Communication)

This is the first time we would read about the use of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology for power transfer, that too over considerable distances. So, we cannot be completely definite about the working on this wireless charging technology.

The distances over which the wireless communication can be achieved is typically consistent with distances used for wireless electrical power transfer through the power transfer antenna.

what similar to Wi-Fi hotspot connections but also involves another concept called a plurality of antenna systems. This may actually mean that the user will have the power to choose between different wireless exchange-enabled devices in their vicinity — choosing which one to use for charging and to exchange data.