The patent, which was filed just a couple of weeks ago on March 2nd, is titled “Configuration of Data and Power Transfer in Near Field Communications.” It vary broadly describes a system by which two devices could wirelessly trade power via Near Field Communication technology. The patent’s description can be applied to a myriad of gadgets, including appliances, routers, and basically anything that could carry an NFC chip, which includes a pair of smartphones. Read More Borrowing power from another device sounds kind of useful if you have a tablet or laptop with a bigger battery. But, I feel wirelessly borrowing power is kind of unnecessary these days since portable Battery powered chargers can be bought for $10 or more on eBay and Amazon, and wall power outlets are not hard to find at work, school, and homes. Most new cars also have USB ports for charging stuff, or you can buy one of those car USB power adapters for charging phones.