New chip to let smartphones charge and unlock smart locks

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Smart locks for bicycles, lockers and doors that can be unlocked remotely and with phones normally require their own battery supply, something that can make them rather unhelpful with their run out of power. But chip manufacturer Infineon is planning to make it possible to unlock keyless smart locks that don’t have their own energy supply. Instead of batteries or a power supply, the user’s mobile phone – which is also the key – provides the energy that allows the chip to unlock the lock, the German chip manufacturer said on Friday, announcing a new chip designed for locks. In practice, the tec…

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