Many travelers know that airport security has gotten much more high-tech in recent years. These precautions are put in place to keep passengers safe, but some worry about their privacy rights. According to Popular Science Magazine, airport security has a new advancement in their search for passenger safety and security. A recent addition to airport screening by the Homeland Security funded project Future Attribute Screening Technology is an attempt to use the Wii balance board to detect sensitive information about passengers such as heart rate, breathing, shifty eyes, body temperature and even fidgeting. Any of these may describe someone who is trying to hide something or cause harm at the airport.

According to Popular Science Magazine, the researchers modified the Wii Balance Board specially to show how when a person’s weight shifts and that they may be fidgeting. While some may think of fidgeting as a mild behavior, it can be an indication of someone who is nervous or anxious for a reason of serious or benign intent. The Wii Balance Board can help security forces begin to understand who could be a security threat.

The Wii game has gained in popularity around the world with its fun interactive athletic games of many types. You can play a wide variety of sports on your Wii system using your television. At the airport you would simply stand on the Wii Balance Board used with the system that players use in conjunction with the Wii system.

Airport security measures are an ideal way for all of us to feel just a bit safer as we fly. While some may complain that airport security takes extra time or is a bit of a hassle, the fact that airport security is there is a great relief. Quite often you go through airport security to face a long line and nothing is discovered. But airline security is prepared for those occasional circumstances when something harmful or concerning is discovered. Their presence protects you, your family and business associates as you fly. This new innovation with the Wii Balance Board is creative and unique to help find current threats at U.S.A. airports.

Source: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2009-10/do-wii-balance-boards-represent-future-airport-security