TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,072 Reviews & Articles | 38,997 News Posts

Boeing testing the effect of WiFi on flights, substitutes potatoes for humans

Boeing said to be testing WiFi in flight by using 20,000lbs of potatoes.

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 2:24 pm

Boeing has been reportedly hauling around 20,000 pounds of potatoes in an effort to test the affects of WiFi on airplanes. One might ask what does potatoes and WiFi have in common? The simple answer is that they make great human analogs and closely replicate the way radio waves behave when passing through humans.

 

TweakTown image news/2/7/27397_1_boeing_testing_the_effect_of_wifi_on_flights_substitutes_potatoes_for_humans.jpg

 

The study is trying to determine if everyday common place WiFi has any adverse effects on airplane navigation, avionics, and radar. In an attempt to inject a little humor, Boeing has titled the experiment SPUDS (Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution).

 

We hope that WiFi becoming common place in every commercial flight is the result of the event and we are left wondering if the potatoes seated in first class had to pay more for their tickets.

NEWS SOURCES:Engadget.com

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Business, Financial & Legal news at our Business, Financial & Legal news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases