The next great iPhone software is still in beta mode and yet to be made available in Australia, but we're already excited about digitising some of the crap in our wallets with Passbook. For frequent travellers, it'll be a godsend.
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, 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 it just needs to be made more widely available.