... with localized slowly evanescent field patterns, for wireless non-radiative energy transfer.
That, my friends, in case you were wondering, is what Aristeidis Karalis, J.D.Joannopoulos, and Marin Soljačić have been up to of late.
What does that mean? Well, possibly less hassle for those of us burdened with too many PDAs, cell phones, mp3 players, and domestic robots that uncomplainingly do all our housecleaning and yardwork when we have stacks of 80 papers to grade. In a presentation this week at the Industrial Physics Forum in San Francisco, the MIT scientists, taking a leaf from much ballyhooed and maligned Nikola Tesla, outlined a scheme that could make plug-in rechargers a thing of the past.