Short battery life consistently ranks as the top complaint of smartphone users. To increase it, smartphone manufacturers can produce devices with larger batteries, increasing their size and weight, improve the energy density of their batteries, or use different battery technology. Alternatively, they can make it easier for users to charge their devices, and that’s the path Huawei has decided to take by making long-range wireless charging a reality, according to an IT Home report.
The report revealed that the Chinese multinational technology company known for its telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics has filed a patent for a new technology that would make it possible to charge battery-powered devices wirelessly over a long distance.
Currently, wireless charging requires two coils to be placed directly opposite each other. This greatly restricts the potential applications of this otherwise wonderful technology, whose only other major drawback is its inefficiency.
According to the patent’s description, Huawei has been able to figure out how to increase the distance between the two coils by sending electricity through a variety of media, including iron, aluminum, copper, alloy materials, metal pipes, humans, animals, soil, earth, seawater, or just about any other material with conductivity greater than that of air.
“IT Home understands that the purpose of this Huawei patent is to increase the equivalent coupling capacitance between the transmitting electrode and the receiving electrode, which can effectively increase the transmission power between the transmitting device and the receiving device, thereby realizing long-distance wireless charging,” writes the technology portal.
This kind of long-range wireless charging technology could revolutionize the wearables market, but its potential applications extend much further. For example, it could be used to charge embedded medial devices, industrial sensors, and other small devices that can’t be easily connected to a regular charger.
Since the patented technology has yet to be put to practical use, we don’t know anything at all about its safety or potential downsides.
UAE’s du Teams With Huawei For Net-Zero Telecom Services
The telecommunications company aims to promote sustainable development across the region.
du, one of the UAE’s major telecom providers, is boosting its efforts to help the Emirate towards a low-carbon future. The company aims to upgrade its diesel generator sites in remote communities and has ambitious plans to achieve net zero in collaboration with Chinese tech giant Huawei.
The primary goal for du is to reduce reliance on diesel generators, which in turn will cut down on maintenance costs and lower fuel consumption. Over 300 remote sites will be upgraded to advanced hybrid power solutions, lowering the company’s carbon footprint while improving efficiency and network coverage. Huawei’s hybrid generators include state-of-the-art lithium batteries and will reduce carbon emissions by over 10,000 tons – the equivalent of planting 500,000 trees per year.
“This initiative not only lowers our carbon footprint but also ensures the delivery of more eco-friendly and sustainable services to communities in even the most remote desert regions,” explained Saleem AlBlooshi, chief technology officer at du. “Our unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility reflects our determination to contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for all”.