Redesigned cockpit seat uses Nintendo Wii-fit

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We talk a lot about passenger comfort on this blog, but we haven’t yet looked at what the poor sods up front are dealing with. And when I say up front, I don’t mean the privileged folks in premium class. I’m talking about the pilots.

Graduate student Nicoline van der Vaart, in a fascinating report about redesigning the cockpit seat, notes that pilots (in this case, KLM pilots) suffer with a lot of back pain due to uncomfortable seats, and that this leads to a high rate of absenteeism.

What does van der Vaart recommend? Check out her presentation below. Note slide 36 (shown above), where the highly-interactive Nintendo Wii-fit plays a role.

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