Sony is working on a new kind of power outlet that uses built-in Felica standard IC chips to authenticate users wishing to charge their devices, according to the Verge.
Designed for public use in cafes, restaurants and airport lounges, the power outlet can be accessed with the tap of an NFC enabled phone, contactless card or other Felica-compliant device.
Sony says the technology could also be used to manage power use in office and residential buildings, as well as prevent device theft.
According to the Verge, Sony’s technology is still in the developmental stage, and should take sometime before it sees a commercial debut. Meanwhile, Japanese mobile operator Docomo is rolling out its Qi-powered inductive charging solution “Okudake Juuden” across Japan, which offers free wireless charging.
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