Sony TV Remote Will Steal Your Identity to Order Spiderman 3

Sony's latest Japan-exclusive Bravia W5 and F5 are some fancy LCDs, refreshing at 240Hz and featuring deep contrast ratios. But the neatest thing about these TVs is surely their credit card-reading remote control.

By simply pressing your card to the remote, you can make payment for VOD movies without the hassle of navigating an onscreen QWERTY.

How is all of this consumer magic possible? The remote contains an RFID reader, compatible with Japan's popular Edy cards—cards that are, incidentally, powered by Sony's FeliCa technology.

So it all comes full circle. You buy a Sony product to use your Sony card to buy Sony media that's easily purchased with Sony cards on Sony products. Genius. [Akihabara News]