There’s A Nap For That: ANA Working On Pax Sleep Aid App

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

You are getting very sleepy.

Jet lag is one of the worst things about long-haul travel – but All Nippon Airways is working to change that by developing an app designed to help passengers fall asleep on planes.

Using artificial intelligence, the app promises to help people snooze even when they feel like they can’t.

The airline is working with a company called NeuroSpace, which creates apps that include something called “revolutionary mindware.” Essentially, it’s a sequence of patterns and noises that encourages users to doze off.

NeuroSpace’s website explains: “NeuroSpace cycles are sets of neuro-audio-visual experiences (scenes) designed to engage users with emerging augmented intelligence."

The company’s visuals are meant to “advance the quality of sleep. A preview of a "scene" made by the company to help induce sleep is viewable here.

There are also "scenes" to help with napping, relaxing and feeling alert.

“ANA realizes that many travellers fear long flights due to potential side effects, such as jetlag, fatigue or lack of sleep," said Yoshiaki Tsuda, vice president of the ANA Digital Design Lab.

“These negative notions deter some passengers from taking longer flights. To address these issues, ANA has been working to create the ANA Travel Wellness Initiative.”

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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