Samsung Electronics has filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for a TV without power cables.
Instead of a power cable, the patent, which was published on WIPO's website earlier this month, decribes a TV featuring a wireless power transceiver. The concept design is wirelessly powered through a long rod-shaped pad.
The same pad seems to also be capable of supplying power to a sound bar, eliminating any cables connecting peripherals. If the video and data transceiver is made wireless, all cables connected to the TV can be eliminated.
Generally, wall-mounted TVs are disposed on the upper portion of a wall spaced apart from the floor of the room or a cabinet. In this case, the power line connected to the wall-mounted TV may be exposed, which may degrade the aesthetics of the TV.
Samsung proposes a wireless power transmission method for wirelessly supplying power to the wall-mounted TV. Implementing a wireless power receiver with a coil of a wide shape may be advantageous for wireless power transmission. However, considering that the thickness of a display apparatus has recently become thinner, there is a problem that a wireless power receiver formed with a wide coil may not be disposed inside a display apparatus.
Accordingly, Samsung developed a seperate wireless power transceiver capable of being disposed in a thinner display apparatus and capable of having a higher power receiving efficiency.
Samsung’s technology seems to be similar to Halo, a wireless charging system for electric cars introduced by Qualcomm recently.
As always, the patent filing doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung has formal plans to do anything with this yet or to ever commercialize it.