You’ve made it to the airport, and managed to pass through the various security checkpoints without missing your flight. You’re cleared to board, and the last thing you should have to worry about is the mental state of your pilot.
Soon, you won’t have to. A new research team is using smart textile technology to check a pilot’s heart rate, fatigue level, loss of attentiveness, and anxiety, among other conditions. Similar to current innovations in the pipeline, the technology will be embedded into the crew’s uniforms.
The data collected will be invaluable toward training current and future pilots, and help pave the way for new technologies to be integrated into the cockpit quicker.
It’s not a stretch to envision this technology extended to other uniformed personnel in high stress environments, most notably law enforcement and private security.