Sony has announced what it says is the “world’s first wearable boarding pass” for its Smartwatch 2 device in partnership with Spanish airline Vueling.
The app, due to launch on Google Play from the end of the month, allows users to display a boarding card barcode on the watch’s display, as well as displaying details of upcoming flights, just like passengers do already on smartphones. In theory, passengers will have only to present their wrist at the gate to board the plane.
This new app from Vueling and Sony will be one of the latest exclusive additions to SmartWatch 2’s 300+ strong application portfolio – it hits the Google Play Store from the end of March.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Google’s Android Wear announcements. The promotional video features a passenger using an Android smartwatch to scan a virtual boarding pass at an airport.
It’s not clear what make of watch the lady is using but Sony are not mentioned in the Google blog announcement but Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung are.
A few days ago Virgin Atlantic announced the success of its six week trial using Google Glass and Sony Smartphones at Heathrow for Upper Class passengers.