Air Berlin is claiming a first with the launch of boarding via smartwatch enabling passengers to download a barcode from the carrier's iPhone application.
Users send the digital boarding pass to their Pebble or Pebble Steel smartwatch and the information is then synchronised on both devices. Passengers can also access an overview of their flight details including departure time, gate number and seat via the watch.
The smartwatch barcode is scanned in the same way as codes on other mobile devices and users just need to shake their wrist to display the boarding pass.
Air Berlin is not the only carrier to be experimenting with wearable technology as Virgin Atlantic recently finished a six-week pilot using Google Glass and the Sony Smartwatch. The carrier worked with airline technology specialist SITA to use the devices to provide a more seamless check-in process for Upper Class passengers.
Other travel companies have also made a first foray into wearable technology with Starwood Hotels & Resorts unveiling a Google Glass app (in beta) for its SPG loyalty scheme members.
The Pebble device was launched last year having been funded via the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform. According to an Air Berlin statement more than 400,000 of the devices have been sold.
Here's a clip detailing some of its functions: