Airport Scanner Coming to Android, Will Be Used in Security Research

Most of us would rather get our teeth bored with a hand-operated drill than go through airport security. Dancing with the TSA is sheer pain, but oddly enough, Kedlin Company’s Airport Scanner – a game based around hunting for dangerous items in airport security queues – is hugely popular. Earlier this week, Kedlin announced that Airport Scanner is coming to Android. More interestingly, Airport Scanner will be utilized in tests that will answer questions about baggage screening in real airports.

The premise driving Airport Scanner is simple. You X-Ray each airline passenger’s baggage as they shuffle through the scanner and spot dangerous items. Hint: If a bottle of Coke isn’t allowed on a plane, you can bet that an axe is not, either. Airport Scanner challenges you to move quickly and efficiently; while lives literally depend on you to do your job well, you still need to be brisk or else a whole lot of travelers are going to wind up missing their flights.

Airport Scanner is coming to Android next month with the assistance of Pocket Gems, which is exciting news. Likewise exciting: Kedlin is in a partnership with Dr. Stephen Mitroff of Duke University’s Visual Cognition Laboratory. The team-up will supply anonymous gameplay data that can answer questions about baggage screening in the real world. The data is meant to help determine what makes one person a better visual searcher over another.

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“High accuracy during visual searches is critical for professionals like TSA officers and radiologists, as any missed target can have life-or-death consequences,” said Dr. Mitroff in a press release distributed by Kedlin on Wednesday. “It’s vital to understand how individuals learn these skills best and what factors lead to accurate performance, and the data collected from Airport Scanner enable my team to assess and learn from hundreds of thousands of individuals on accuracy, response time, false alarms, the ability to avoid distraction, the ability to multitask and more.”

Wired recently published a feature that goes in-depth into how Mitroff discovered Airport Scanner, and why he decided the game was ideal for his research. If you’re into the science of searching, it’s a must-read. If you’d rather sit back and play, Airport Scanner hits Google Play in June.

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