Mashable tells us that the check-in company now wants us to use our checking accounts with them (thanks Mallory Wood, for the heads up). Well more like a credit card. The system would use personal QR codes linked to a credit card to let you pay for items with retailers. SCVNGR says it would have a more immediate impact than services like Google Wallet which are “five-year plays.”
I am curious to see if these kinds of services gain any traction at colleges and universities. I have a feeling that the right one would draw a lot of interest from students who would be happy to not have to carry an ID around with them to use for dining hall meals and such. SCVNGR has good relationships with colleges already. The current test will be with 500 merchants in big cities. I wonder if a campus test run is planned somewhere and what kinds of results it would get.