In an announcement that is sure to turn more than a few heads, the Department of Homeland Security has revealed that they are funding a project that will analyze whether Wii Fit Balance Boards could be used to detect “hostile” passengers.
In an article investigating how new security measures will affect airline travel, CNN reported that the Wii Balance Board is one of several new technologies being considered for use in airports.
The Future Attribute Screening Technology project is hopeful that the Balance Board’s ability to detect sensitive weight changes will be able to aid in distinguishing passengers who may have ulterior motives for flying.
“Researchers took a Wii Balance Board… and altered it to show how someone’s weight shifts. Studies are now under way to determine whether there is a level of fidgeting that would suggest the need for secondary screening,” the CNN article said.
Eye trackers, heart rate monitors, and respiratory measurers are just a few of the products that researchers are testing in anticipation for future release.
Source: Yahoo! Games