Social power sharing for mobile devices based on pocket-forming

  • US 10,050,462 B1
  • Filed: 12/30/2014
  • Issued: 08/14/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/06/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for wirelessly sharing power among mobile electronic devices within a local area, the method comprising:

  • connecting, by a first mobile electronic device of a plurality of mobile electronic devices, to a wireless power sharing network;

    when a power level of the first mobile electronic device falls below a threshold power level, and a number of other mobile electronic devices included in the plurality of mobile electronic devices that are connected to the wireless power sharing network is sufficient to wirelessly deliver power to the first mobile electronic device;

    receiving, by a receiver associated with the first mobile electronic device, radio frequency power waves emitted by a plurality of transmitters, each respectively associated with a respective one of the other mobile electronic devices included in the plurality of mobile electronic devices; and

    charging, by the receiver, the first mobile electronic device using energy from the received radio frequency power waves; and

    when the number of the other mobile electronic devices included in the plurality of mobile electronic devices connected to the wireless power sharing network is no longer sufficient to wirelessly deliver power to the first mobile electronic device, ceasing the charging of the first mobile electronic device using the energy from the received radio frequency power waves.

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