While some airlines only recently fine tuned their smartphone apps for paperless travel, other carriers already start making use of the latest consumer technology innovation: wearable devices. As we have reported only recently, wearable technologies are regarded by leading experts to be one of the major trends in travel over the coming decade.
BOARDING PASSES FOR SMARTWATCHES
The first three airlines to introduce mobile boarding passes for smartwatches are AirBerlin, Vueling and Iberia (Skift). At the moment three devices are supported, namely the Pebble Smartwatch, Sony’s Smartwatch 2, and Samsung Smartwatch Gear 2. It is likely that further airlines will follow suit soon. Iberia announced that it is already working on a future version of the app, in which boarding passes are automatically saved on the smartwatch, if the check-in is carried out via a synchronised mobile device.
WEARBALES: THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL
The announcements comes four weeks after Virgin introduced Google Glass for its concierge staff, to deliver a more personalised experience. There is no doubt that wearable devices will become normality for the future traveller. Looking at the future development of wearable technologies, global futurist Daniel Burrus predicts that this technology ”will personalise all of our travel experiences, planning itineraries based on our particular likes and dislikes, and act as a tour guide, telling us only about the elements of the destination that it knows we will be interested in.” The likes of Sony’s Smartwatch and Google Glass lay the foundation for this development, as they are predicted to make substantial innovation progress over the next years.
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