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SoftBank plans wireless power grid to charge smartwatches, earbuds

Trials start soon to send electricity from 5G stations

SoftBank will install wireless charging devices in 5G base stations.

TOKYO -- Japanese cellphone carrier SoftBank Corp. will soon test technology that will charge earbuds, smartwatches and other wearable devices by simply walking near a mobile base station, Nikkei has learned.

The wireless power transmission devices will be installed in 5G base stations being rolled out by SoftBank. The government will soon ease restrictions on wireless technology to allow for the trials

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