New Apple Patent Outlines The Wireless Charging Future We're All Dreaming Of

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Truly wireless charging, it's a tech utopia we all long for. Sure, we're getting there, but it still requires contact, which is only slightly better. If places like Starbucks starts putting pads in their tables, hooray, but it's a far cry from a real charging zone. A recent Apple patent outlines just that, the wireless charging dream we've all been dreaming.

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In a patent application published a few days ago, "Wireless Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment," Apple is filing for some tech that looks like wireless charging heaven. Using near-field magnetic resonance, Apple aspires (in theory) to create a wireless charging dome that reaches out up to a yard from the source, powering anything nearby with NFMR resonator circuits in them. Mice, keyboards, phones, remotes, whathaveyou. It's a dream come true.

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Or rather it could be a dream come true if this is actually coming down the development pipe and works according to plan. Sure, jacking up NFMR so that the "near-field" is several feet could charge distant devices, but it could also mess with things like credit cards, and who knows what else. On top of that, there's also the chance this patent is more of a defensive move, and that this kind of charging is still a way off, but the patent was filed "just in case." Either way, it's nice to dream, right? But shorter the time we're reduced to dreaming, the better. [WIRED]

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This whole concept of patenting the "idea" of something is RIDICULOUS. Obviously Apple is not the only culprit, everyone is doing it. It started off with software, but this is hardware! They shouldn't have gotten this patent unless they could submit a prototype to the patent office and new how the hell to do it. I guaran-fucking-tee that there is prior art on the "idea" of wireless charging, or that an expert in the field would say that the idea of doing it is obvious. It's the execution that we can't do yet and should be patented.