A Passive NFC-Based Sensing and Computing Platform


Executive Summary


The growing Internet of Things is calling for versatile means to energize sensors and microcontrollers for a wide range of applications.  Near Field Communication (NFC) equipment has been widely adopted on mobile devices.  Our technology allows creation of devices that are powered by and communicate with your mobile device.


Description of Technology


This technology is a battery-less NFC based sensing and computing platform that can integrate microcontrollers and sensors for various applications. The device harvests energy from NFC readers for power and transmits sensing and computational results wirelessly. This allows the generation and transmission of new data by the NFC reader.


Key Benefits

  • Generates new data – Can perform sensing and computational tasks, does not merely transmit known data.
  • Compact
  • Conserves device battery life – The device is passive and harvests energy from NFC signals.
  • Effective energy harvesting



  • New NFC Functions
  • Microcontrollers
  • Sensors: accelerometers, temperature sensors, light sensors
  • Research and Development for NFC: provides programming interfaces to develop various applications


Patent Status


Patent Pending


Licensing Rights Available


Full licensing rights available


Inventors: Ruogu Zhou, Guoliang Xing


Tech ID: TEC2013-0124


Patent Information:

For Information, Contact:

Raymond Devito
Technology Manager
Michigan State University