Xiaomi has filed a patent that could make sound-chargeable smartphones a possibility sometime in the future!
Tech companies are constantly trying to come up with more convenient and futuristic methods of charging electronic products, and Xiaomi is just as eager to bring something jaw-dropping to the table.
Texas News Today notes that the brand has recently patented a technology for charging smartphones by means of sound. Ambitious as it sounds, the success of such a vision could be a gamechanger.
Considering how far we’ve come thanks to science, accomplishing this feat is by no means impossible, but that’s not to say it will happen overnight.
Though smartphones have evolved to boast highly advanced features, ways to charge them still remain quite limited and less than impressive at large, but Xiaomi might be among the first to drastically change that.
A zealous goal
The Chinese electronics company’s patent application was filed at the China National Intellectual Property Office (CNIP), and the document reads that a series of energy converters, a power converter, and a sound collector will be used to create mechanical vibrations out of vibrations produced by sound.
These vibrations are then to be converted into alternating current (AC) before their final conversion into direct current (DC) which will supposedly have the power to charge a device such as a smartphone.
As mentioned, it almost sounds too good to be true, and the process will no doubt be complex, but considering how much more convenient and cost-efficient in the long term sound charging technology could be, the wait until it’s ready to be rolled out to the world should be well worth it.
Sci-fi-esque methods of charging
Technically speaking, there are already quite a few charging methods out there already that are pretty out of the ordinary, such as wireless charging, but it doesn’t look like Xiaomi will be lagging behind in this field. In fact, it announced “Air Charge” in January, which is designed to accommodate remote charging; a technology that the company states utilizes energy transmission and spatial positioning.
Xiaomi explained in the past that Mi Air Charge is a “self-developed insulated charging pile that incorporates five phase-interfering antennas that can pinpoint the location of your smartphone. A phase-controlled array of 144 antennas is via beamforming. It sends millimeter-wide waves directly to the phone,” and at present, it is maintaining 17 patents for the said technology.
Clearly, the company is doing the most to stay on a good level in the industry, and should this sound charging technology take off eventually, it may even rise in status to be on par with the market’s huge competitors.
It’s exciting to think that technology could one day reach a point where charging electronic devices becomes a completely wireless task, and it’s all up to companies like Xiaomi to keep on innovating. For now, while cables are still unavoidable for many, the best we can do is invest in good ones, like this Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger and this USB C Wall Charger, Baseus 65W Fast Portable 3 Port Charger.