08/11/2012 06:09 GMT | Updated 08/01/2013 05:12 GMT

MasterCard DisplayCard: Your Next Credit Card Could Have A Screen

Your next credit card could have a screen.

And yes, there is a reason.

MasterCard has just unveiled the Display Card, with the help of security specialists NagraID., which combines a normal credit or debit card with an LCD screen and a touch-responsive keypad.


The aim is to turn the card into its own authentication token.

Instead of banks issuing separate devices to authenticate online transfers and purchases, the card itself would perform that function.

The card may also be able to display your points balance, recent transactions or how much money you actually have left to spend.

They will be deployed in Singapore by Standard Chartered Bank and Breeze Mobile Banking from January.

No, there's no word on whether UK banks are going to be taking up the idea any time soon. So unfortunately you're stuck with the plain old chip-and-pin for now.

Perhaps by the time we get them they could cut out the middle man - the card - and just embed the chip, pin, screen and keypad in your hand? Time will tell.