British Airways could serve ‘digital pill’ to track passenger well-being

Published on : Thursday, December 1, 2016

british-airwaysModern technology has once again come up with a new way to further improve the travel industry in the form of a digestible pill monitor. British Airways may be among the first airlines to begin serving digital pills that will monitor overall passenger well-being.


The airline has filed a patent application that takes advantage of technology first explored by scientists at MIT last year which involves an almond-sized pill loaded with sensors that is swallowed but not digestible, and instead enables vital signs to be monitored constantly.


The pill would be one part of a myriad of sensors, including temperature, sleep phase and heart rate, that the airline would use to check on a passenger’s physiological state through a flight and manage their sleep times, meals and in-flight entertainment usage.


An application filed by British Airways says that, what is desired is a system that facilitates greater efficiencies within the aircraft travel environment and enables improved control and personalisation of the passenger’s travel environment, in particular for enhanced passenger wellness and well-being when flying.


It cites a “Jet Lag Fighter” app from Virgin Atlantic that allows users to enter personal data to acquire a programme to alleviate jet lag as a similar approach to customer wellbeing in the industry.


The pill is roughly the size of an almond and is composed of several small microphones encased in silicon. As stated by researchers, the pill is capable of naturally passing through the human digestive system in the span of one or two days.

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