24 Sep '12, 4pm

Apple Patents Movement-Powered Charging Technology

Apple Patents Movement-Powered Charging Technology

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just published a patent filed by Apple in June titled "Harnessing Power Through Electromagnetic Induction Utilizing Printed Coils." This technology could be used to power devices through movement meaning Apple could possibly be setting the stage for including such technology in future iPhones, iPods and iPads. From the patent filing : "Systems for harnessing power through electromagnetic induction utilizing printed coils are provided. A system can include one or more moveable magnets adjacent to printed coils on a circuit. For example, a system can include one or more magnets that are operative to move alongside a circuit board that includes printed coils. The one or more magnets may move, for example, when a user shakes the system or when the user walks or runs while holding the device. The movement of the one or more magnets may creat...

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