How the Gatefeeder works
Some of the potatoes used by Boeing to test WiFi
The program is called Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution, or SPUDS
A graphic image showing WiFi hot spots on an airliner
There doesn't seem to be anything you can’t do with potatoes. You can boil them, mash them, fry them, roast them and even make pens out of them. Boeing is taking this versatility a step further by using them to replace people. No, this isn't a strange genetic experiment. The plane maker’s engineers at the Boeing Test & Evaluation laboratories have discovered that sacks of potatoes work as a substitute for people, when testing the effect on WiFi of an airline cabin packed with passengers.
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