Imagine a laptop that continues to expand for the ease of online shopping to the point where you don’t even have to take your credit card out of your wallet to pay for purchases.

By the end of the year, that could be reality once the next generation of Ultrabooks, carrying new Intel chips, arrive in stores.

During the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Intel demonstrated the near field communication (NFC) technology in the next generation of Ultrabooks, the name coined for a category of super-thin, super-light laptops.

Expected to be available for consumers by the end of 2012, these Ultrabooks are expected to sport Intel’s next line of processor chips called “Ivy Bridge”. Using the built-in NFC capabilities, the Ultrabook is transformed into a physical card terminal for online merchants.

A Sneak Peek at CES

In the demo, a credit card was placed within close proximity of an Ultrabook’s touchpad region during the checkout phase of an online order. The card gets authenticated and card information is automatically filled.

By the looks of it, the technology shaved seconds off the time that consumers would have spent entering the information manually. Which could be a good thing, and bad. Think about it, now you won’t have as much time to really think about your purchase, potentially becoming more susceptible to impulse buys.

The demo did touch upon the security of this new technology as someone may have a stolen credit card and use it on another Ultrabook to make a fraudulent purchase.

“Because of Intel identity protection technology, this machine has been bound to your account on the back end and your card tap on your Ultrabook is only going to work,” said one Intel representative during the demo.

At the moment, Intel has partnered with MasterCard’s contactless system – PayPass – to offer this feature. The technology is expected be compatible with NFC-enabled mobile devices.

Check out the demo below and let us know what you think:

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