This Airline’s Happiness Blankets Are Like Mood Rings for Your Flights
Whether or not you’re the type of person who takes a sleeping pill and passes out as soon as you get onto a plane, you’d be interested in this: British Airways has invented a “happiness blanket” to gauge the mood of their passengers. Like something straight out of a sci-fi flick, this color-changing cover isn’t heat-sensitive like the mood rings of the ’90s, it’s much more futuristic. This baby uses neuro-sensors to asses levels of relaxation and stress.
How can a blanket absorb your emotions, you ask? The sensors transmit into the blanket by Bluetooth and illuminate via fiber-optic LEDs woven into the wool. Wait, what? This means that whenever a person is stressed out, the blanket glows red, and when they’re happy or relaxed, the blanket turns blue. In other words, this blanket is psychic.
It may not be the most fashion-forward device — passengers must wear a headband containing the neuro-sensors in order to see the effects — but upon conducting a study to test out the blanket, British Airways gathered some amazing information. Namely, passengers’ stress levels fluctuate throughout flights, but they experience the highest sense of relaxation when they are eating, drinking or sleeping.
Sounds obvious, right? But it’s this data that helps British Airways focus on the areas they can improve to make flights more enjoyable as a whole. Using this data, they can adjust seating in order to allow all passengers to achieve uninterrupted sleep. Stock food and drinks that bring happiness levels up, and even curate entertainment for maximize relaxation. (The study showed that stress can go up or down based on what passengers watch. Suspense is more stressful than comedy, for example.) Even lighting affects passengers’ moods during the flight.
It still remains to be seen when these blankets may become mainstream — if they do at all — but British Airways is hoping to use the data collected by their “test flights” to improve their services. And perhaps there will be several more uses for this glowing fabric in fashion. With companies like Recreus making 3D printed sneakers that fold up to pocket size, and Drum Pants — the wearable instrument — we’re always excited to preview more of what the future holds!
Do these futuristic blankets make you stressed or happy? Express your mood in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)