Boeing used potatoes to improve its Wi-Fi capabilities on airplanes
same way the human body does.
Boeing engineers didn't have the idea in mind to substitute potatoes for the testing until a member of the research team read an article in the Journal of Food Science which listed how 15 vegetables and fruits each transmitted electricity without conduction. While the research team was skeptical, they went ahead and purchased 20,000 pounds of potatoes. Sacks filled with spuds were strapped into airline seats as Boeing collected readings on the strength and weakness of Wi-Fi signals in various spots on the plane. Statistical analysis was added to the results to allow Boeing to produce a unique method for fine tuning internet signals, allowing a laptop user to have a strong usable connection to the internet even 35,000 feet up.
The results have allowed Boeing to offer stronger Wi-Fi signals on three of its planes now used by major airliners: the Boeing 777, Boeing 747-8 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. By the way, Boeing named the project Synthetic Personnel Using Dialectic Substitution. That's right, SPUDS.
1. BattleBrat (Posts: 853; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I salute you mighty spud! (duct tapes potato to back of iPhone, 4 bars FTW!)
3. androidisbaws (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
you should've got an android. You wouldn't have wifi issues in the first place. Not that tot you mentioned.
2. androidisbaws (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
Boeing should make their wifi free for android users and charge a premium for Apple users. They'd make a ton of money and apple users are used to paying a premium.
7. nak1017 (Posts: 322; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
If it's Boeing, they're going to do Blackberries for free and not support anything else...
4. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 817; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Laptop not lap top, but interesting article.
5. Alan01 (Posts: 108; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
Thanks for the heads up on that. Problem was that since this story concerned potatoes, I consulted Dan Qualye and he told me to put the space in between!
8. nak1017 (Posts: 322; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
You should see how Boeing tests the toilets... Dog food, Butter and Candy Bars... Happy Holidays Y'all!
9. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 658; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
The ultimate test for a toilet is Taco Bell.