Wireless Phone-to-Phone Charging Might Soon Be A Reality
Researchers are developing technology that will wirelessly transfer power between electronic devices.
If there's one thing we know about the future, it's this: battery life shouldn't be an problem. No, we don't have a crystal ball, time-travelling telephone booth or DeLorean. We're just making a guess thanks to the large number of smart minds currently dedicating themselves to the issue.
Just last month, the concept of wireless charging rooms arrived to keep our devices juiced (in theory, that is). Now, adjust your visions of years to come to encompass the latest idea. It's the subject of a US patent application by Sony, and it focuses on the notion of wirelessly sucking up power while you're out and about. All you'll need is a phone, a friend and their call-making, text-sending, Facebook-updating device.
If you've ever hopped onto your pal's mobile data connection, you know how the concept will hopefully work. Just swap wifi for power, and you're off and running. And, it's not just limited to smartphones — other electronic devices as computers, TVs, fridges, washing machines and microwaves will ideally able to jump in on the action and jump-start each other's batteries.
The devices will have to be placed within a short range from each other for phone-to-phone charging to function, with the technology relying upon Near Field Communication, aka the same method behind other wireless syncing. And, as always, don't go throwing out your cables just yet. It might soon be a reality, but it isn't at the moment.