Already inside Google and Samsung's Nexus S, and on its way to a slew of other new devices, including the next iPhone, Near Field Communication (NFC) is poised to become the biggest new technology to hit smart phones since cameras.

A leap frog over Bluetooth, NFC is a short-range wireless communication protocol that enables a wide range of new functionalities for your phone merely by holding it close to the right object or other NFC-ready device. The tech lets phones interact not only with each other, but with anything bearing a special RFID chip, like posters, door handles, kiosks and more.

We took a look at some of NFC's most tantalizing prospects: an impressive array of activities that includes everything from paying for your coffee to getting into your car. Get a peak at the future of NFC, getting nearer all the time, by clicking below.