Social power sharing for mobile devices based on pocket-forming

  • US 9,843,213 B2
  • Filed: 08/06/2013
  • Issued: 12/12/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/06/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for wirelessly sharing power between mobile electronic devices in public or other spaces, comprising:

  • executing a power sharing application that is stored in a memory of a mobile electronic device associated with a first user;

    networking the mobile electronic device using the power sharing application with a power sharing network that includes a plurality of additional mobile electronic devices, wherein each respective additional mobile electronic device of the plurality of additional mobile electronic devices is associated with a respective user distinct from the first user;

    determining, by the mobile electronic device, that a charge level of the mobile electronic device satisfies a threshold charge level defined in the power sharing application;

    upon determining that the charge level of the mobile electronic device satisfies the threshold charge level, determining, by the mobile electronic device, whether the power sharing network includes a sufficient number of additional mobile electronic devices to start wirelessly transmitting RF power waves to a target electronic device that is connected to the power sharing network; and

    upon determining that the power sharing network includes the sufficient number of additional mobile electronic devices to start wirelessly transmitting RF power waves to the target electronic device, transmitting, via a transmitter of the mobile electronic device, RF power waves that constructively interfere proximate to the target electronic device with additional RF power waves transmitted by at least a set of the plurality of additional mobile electronic devices.

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