The next great iPhone software is still in beta right now, but we're already excited about digitising some of the crap in our wallets via Passbook — and for frequent travelers, it'll be a godsend. Check out the future:
The video experiment above comes from PassK.it, a company that hopes to make money helping other companies create cards for your iPhone wallet — gift vouchers, airline passes, loyalty cards, sandwich of the month clubs, etc. Passkit's lead developer (and his adorable daughter) gave the system a spin by replicating boarding passes for Thai Airways in the hopes that no old fashioned paper documentation would be needed to fly.
The experiment failed — Hong Kong International Airport wasn't ready for paperless jet-setting.
Scanning travel passes from a phone is nothing new, but consolidating all of your papers and passes and tickets into one central, graceful app is a novelty. A novelty that doesn't work yet, but if a little girl can handle the gist of it, then Apple's done something right. Now the rest of the planet just needs to do it right too.