Samsung patents smartphone case that could wirelessly charge your Gear watch


In a document dated June 15th, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filed by Samsung in December last year. The document describes a smartphone case that may prove to be a fantastic addition for any fan of the brand, especially those, who own a Gear watch. Even though it’s a simple patent publication, we are kind of excited about the possibility of such a phone case, despite the fact that patents rarely actually evolve into actual products.

The accessory Samsung might be prepping is described to sport wireless charging of a wearable device, when the latter is placed on top of the case. Nice, eh? The device incorporates Millimeter Wave technology, also known as Extremely High Frequency waves, which permits power and data transfer.

Samsung’s patent document describes that the case’s claimed function is to permit wireless charging of a wearable gadget, but also specifies that it may be later integrated with multimedia apps and services. The patent speaks of possibility for data transfer and control of a wearable through a dedicated uncovered part of the case, where you can view information or execute tasks through the phone’s screen.

The back of the case houses a power transmission coil and a USB-C type connector that links the case to your phone. The front side contains a wireless power control processor and a DC-AC conversion unit that converts DC electricity from the battery into AC.

Interestingly enough, just a day before Samsung’s patent was published, Apple was granted a similar patent, but its case only went as far as merely wirelessly charging your iPhone – no mention of Apple Watch compatibility.

In any case, we shouldn’t hold our breaths for either case to hit the production belts anytime soon, if at all. We can’t really tell how such cases would look in reality, either, as patent notes often leave quite a bit of scope for design. But, hey, we are definitely starting to make toddler steps into the era of wireless charging, after many years of crawling towards a viable tech in the area.


source: USPTO via SamMobile

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8 Comments

1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Useless ideas as usual.

2. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I don't know how many patents Samsung applies for or has. But would be be to unsafe to assume, that we have a better chance of actually seeing an arrival of a product sooner vs many other OEM's? Example, we saw Samsung patent application for the edge display, 2 years after that the Note 4(Edge) was a reality after several prototypes were shown in public right after the patent application. And now they have had several products use the concept. For me I think wireless charging would be enough, because the data transfer thing would likely be slow and likely case slower charging. But let's see a working concept. Taking off my Gear S3, laying it on my phone to charge it, without needing another wall adapter sounds really useful.

3. gigicoaste

Posts: 440; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

that's an interesting idea..

4. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

@CNOUR - But if Apple had done such, you'd fine it the most awesome thing in the world. You're such a troglodyte. You don't like, own or use Samsung products. SO why be a dick and have something negative to say. Its useless to you because you don't own any Samsung products. You are such a swine!

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

"You don't like, own or use Samsung products. SO why be a dick and have something negative to say." The last one who can say this sentence is you liar Techie. You don't like Apple, but you put your ass in each article about it. At least I'm not saying fake news like you to defend my viewpoint. You know more than me that Samsung ideas are always bulls**t like your head.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

I wouldn't mind this at all. I sometimes forget to take my gear charger when i'm gone for the long weekend and sadly Gear S3 frontier doesn't last 3 days

6. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Good idea, just days ago was nervous I left the charger in a hotel room. I packed it, but know it could be easily lost.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds great, but my Gear S3 never gets below like 70%. Awesome idea though Samsung, make it happen. Others will follow.

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