2016 patent shows that Samsung is working on over the air wireless charging

2016 patent shows that Samsung is working on over the air wireless charging
According to a Samsung patent from 2016 that was just published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the tech giant is looking to join other companies like Disney that are working on over the air wireless charging. Wireless charging today is a misnomer. There are wires that plug the base into a wall outlet. But over the air wireless charging automatically starts powering up the battery in any compatible device once it is in range of the signal. There is no charging pad, and your phone could power up even while it is in your pocket.

Samsung's patent, filed in South Korea, describes a method to focus energy on devices in a room that is equipped with OTA wireless charging. The system would allow devices to charge wirelessly even if the user is walking around, thanks to reflectors that would send the charging signal around any obstacles in the enclosed space.

This is obviously a very useful technology which should be available sometime in the next three to five years. While it isn't clear which company will be first to the finish line, the more firms that work on this technology, the faster we will see it ready for real life use.


source: WIPO

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19 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Excuse the irrelevant comment but is QC releasing only one flagship soc per year? Terrible move,

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

2013: The S600 was a placeholder for the S800 which was late 2014: The S801 was a placeholder and refined version of the S800 for the S805 which was late 2015: S810 & S808 but now the S808 level processors are in the 6xx or new 7xx tier 2016: S820 with the S821 just being a refined version 2017: S835 with rumours of an S836 which never came out 2018: S845 with no rumours of an S846 and 2019: S855 rumours have already begun.

2. pecapello

Posts: 101; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Lit. This would allow phones to be thinner and lighter, requiring less battery to be in the phone itself, but only when this charging device is everywhere like stores and maybe even in the streets. That way the phone would always be charging, and even if it has 1000mah it would be at 100% at all times.

22. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

What about times when we aren't in close proximity to these charging portals? Dead in few hours xD

3. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

With the ever increasing EM radiation we are exposed to daily already from all the devices an average home currently holds (not to even mention offices) what impact will this kind of technology have on our physical and mental healt? It feels like we would do anything for comfort and convenience regardless of the consequences. Honestly how hard is it to plug in a phone?

7. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

it would have no effect

9. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think one of the reasons these technologies aren't in consumer products yet is the danger you mentioned.

15. yann

Posts: 604; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Exactly my thoughts. Thumb up from me dude!

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3028; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, broadcasting EM radiation inside room is totally a bad idea, even if it's just 5W charger, that's still alot from radiation standpoint. The other kind of distance wireless charging that use laser sounds better to me.

4. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

This is quite an exciting technology. It would make it so much more convenient to charge your phone, as you essentially won't even have to think about it. I'm kind of surprised if people are opposed to this, especially considering that people have no trouble removing the headphone jack. Enabling bluetooth or simply connecting your headphones with your phone through the headphone jack really isn't that big of a difference in convience, especially not compared to this charging technology. You also have to realise that bluetooth headphones are significantly inferior in every other regard than convenience, while the purpose of this charging technology will simply be to charge your phone. I'm all for this technology, as it can definitely be made into a safe and convenient way to charge all of your devices.

6. Jrod99

Posts: 673; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Didn’t Apple have rumors about this while back which never materialized? Sounds like some good tech.

8. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1067; Member since: May 01, 2017

They mentioned working on this for about the last couple years but it’s still pretty early for mainstream use

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3649; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple isn't doing it. Energous is and they were rumored to be doing it for apple with no concrete link. Regardless, I won't be the guinea pig to see if it's safe. I will leave that to the morons that will put their family at risk.

11. boriqua2000

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I've heard of Energous Corp. I think they call their over the air charging Wattup. They had demos at CES. Looks extremely promising. I can't wait.

18. Settings

Posts: 2940; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Meh, all I want is longer lasting batteries. This will just prolong the developing technology of batteries. I don't mind a thick phone all I want is a bigger more enduring battery.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 5879; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Get a 20k mAh external battery, glue it on the phone and you will have a long lasting device which is going to be thick.

29. Settings

Posts: 2940; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lol! Not that thick!

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 5879; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Get a 10k mah external battery and you will have a thinner device.

28. wesley.

Posts: 202; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

This will probably give everyone cancer and lead to human extinction.

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