NFC technology will be the wave of the near-term future.
What is NFC?
The ultimate in convenience for connecting all types of consumer devices
Evolving from a combination of contactless identification and networking technologies, Near Field Communication (NFC) is a wireless connectivity technology that enables convenient short-range communication between electronic devices.
Who is emerging as a leader in this technology? NXP Semiconductor (NXPI)
Who is in favor of this technology? Mastercard & Apple Corp.
Here is a recent article on NFC technology from 1/30/12 to help you understand the technology: