How The Wii Can Help Fight Terrorism

The war on terrorism can be a real hassle, just ask anyone who has flown recently. Fortunately, science and the Wii have joined forces to try and cut-down on those mammoth airport security lines with the Fidget Monitor.

CNN walks us through a number of experimental programs being tested by Homeland Security's Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST.

The different systems check a person's heart rate, breathing, eye movement, body temperature and, yes, fidgeting.

There are a number of different devices and technology involved in all of this detection, from thermal imaging to cameras used for eye tracking. But the most interesting to many of you will likely be the improvised fidgeting monitor.

Researchers took a Wii balance board — a device people stand on to interact with certain Nintendo Wii video games — and altered it to show how someone's weight shifts. Studies are now under way to determine whether there is a level of fidgeting that would suggest the need for secondary screening.

Fortunately, the screening wouldn't rely strictly on a person's Wii Fit Age to determine if they're a terrorist or not. Instead, screeners would look at all of the body signs before unjustly labeling a nervous flier a possible suicide bomber.

Will airports screen for body signals? Researchers hope so [CNN, thanks mjarantilla]