British Airways' 'happiness blanket' senses your mood

Last updated 11:42 02/07/2014
British Airways Happiness Blanket
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HAPPINESS BLANKET: British Airways has developed a technology which will analyse the “meditative state” of fliers.

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If flying wasn't already stressful enough, an airline is pioneering a new technology to let everyone know just how stressed you really are.

British Airways has developed a "happiness blanket", which will analyse the "meditative state" of fliers and change colours according to the passenger's mental state.

Upon boarding, fliers will be required to affix a headband to their head. The headband will then send brain-waves via bluetooth to the high-tech blanket, which is embedded with fibre-optic LEDs that change colour to reflect the person's mood.

When the wearer is calm and relaxed, the blanket will glow blue; when they are stressed or anxious, it will glow red.

The airline will analyse data from the blankets to evaluate their in-flight services, including the timing of meals and movie options.

It will also allow flight attendants to better improve their service, letting them know the best time to approach a potentially grumpy passenger.

Dozens of premium-class volunteers tested the devices on trans-Atlantic flight, to some success - the airline found moods tended to fluctuate at the beginning of a flight, but improved when meals arrived and passengers were sleeping.

The blanket has not been approved for customer use just yet - it's unclear if it will become a permanent feature, and if so, if people in the cheap seats will get the chance to use them.

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