I don't know about the patents, but I suspect they don't prevent to make a similar but different charger.. since a japanese phone maker HAS it made for their new phone.
Originally Posted by gihmley
I've read the article 2 or 3 months ago, I think.. and I'm not sure who the maker is, if sharp or someone else. The phone is one of the various made ONLY for the japanese market, and in the article the guy who presented it claimed to be the FIRST wireless charging device put on the market... ( had a small laugh at that ), moreover he pushed the point of this being a new standard for charging, and more than hinted of having pubs - bars etc having the chargers installed in the near future. He also hinted of using the same charger with cameras and game consoles...
Now, what I remember :
The charger is included in the phone package (and I think the phone do not charge at all if not wirelessly, but I could be wrong on this).
The charger - phone have NO magnetic link
The charger is literally brick shaped, and the phone has to be put loosely on the surface, on any position as long as it's in contact with it.
The phone is useless while in that position on the charger.
The phone is the usual android, totally waterproof ( their marketing points out it's good to be kept near the sink while washing dishes... lol ), thinner and lighter than the pre3, no keyboard obviously.