Boeing tests Wi-Fi on planes by using potatoes for humans

boeing potatoes Boeing tests Wi Fi on planes by using potatoes for humans

Boeing is testing the signal strength of Wi-Fi in aeroplanes, substituting humans with sacks of potatoes, which are thought to produce a similar effect as humans on electronic signals.

Boeing is testing the signal strength of Wi-Fi in aeroplanes, substituting humans with sacks of potatoes, which are thought to produce a similar effect as humans on electronic signals.

 
The US plane manufacturer is attempting to improve in-air Wi-Fi, while also ensuring safety standards are met, which includes stopping signals from interfering with the plane's electrical systems.
 
People obstruct Wi-Fi signals, which makes aeroplane cabins problematic, as people getting up to use the bathroom or even cabin crew walking up and down the aisle can cause fluctuations in signal strength.
 
boeing potatoes Boeing tests Wi Fi on planes by using potatoes for humans
 
In order to test the signals, Boeing used a decommissioned plane, loading the passenger seats with a whopping 9,000kg of potatoes, which is perhaps not a very flattering assessment of passengers. Given that the assessments were conducted over several days, using real people would have been extremely difficult, not to mention less cost effective.
 
The company said the potatoes produce a similar effect on signals as human bodies, adding one more alternative use to the hearty spud, which already can be used in beauty treatments, to make alcohol, and even to generate electricity.
 
The findings of the tests could produce a more reliable Wi-Fi service in the air, without affecting any of the plane's equipment. With Boeing aircraft used throughout the world, any improvements in this area could benefit a lot of people.
 
Source: BBC
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