British Airways has started testing the use of a “happiness blanket” that can determine the “meditative state” of flyers. It does this by being equipped with neuro sensors that transmit their findings via bluetooth, at the same time that fiber optic LEDs woven into the blanket change colors.
Similarly to the mood rings many played with in childhood, the lights on the blanket will turn blue when the person using it is calm and relaxed, and then switch to red if they are stressed or anxious.
The idea behind this is to get some honest feedback about the flying experience. Frank van der Post, a British Airways managing director spoke about the blankets in a press release.
“Using technology like the British Airways ‘happiness blanket’ is another way for us to investigate how our customers’ relaxation and sleep is affected by everything onboard, from the amount of light in the cabin, when they eat, to what in-flight entertainment they watch and their position in the seat.”
So far the blanket has been tested on a Dreamliner that was traveling from New York from Heathrow, and not surprisingly when the passengers were eating, drinking, or in a “deep, undisturbed sleep” the blankets showed their contentment.