Company develops battery with credit card-related applications

NEC Corp., a developer based in Japan, recently unveiled a new bit of technology that may help to create a new type of credit card.

NEC recently introduced a new type of ultra-thin, rechargeable batter that might have applications in the credit card industry, according to a report from Tech On. The organic radical battery (ORB for short), as it's known, is just 0.3 millimeters thick, and is expected to be used to power "smart" credit cards and other types of mobile technology.

Experts say this could be the first usable ultra-thin battery of its type, the report said. In the past, developers have had difficulties making these batteries fewer than 0.7 millimeters, which may sound extremely thin, but is close to the thickness of a standard smartcard, which is 0.76 millimeters. NEC's new offering used new printing technologies to make it possible.

Smart credit cards, which can contain a number of security features, may be helpful to consumers who want to protect their finances, but they can't do everything. Consumers should also order their credit reports as frequently as possible to find any errant or unfair markings, and work with a credit repair company if any are discovered.