Air Gesture driven
The screens will be gesture driven, rather than using physical devices or remote controls.
Screens are set up around the cabin so that only specific people can see each screen.
Panoramic views that bring the outside in Apart from using newer materials and streamlining, actual aeroplane design has changed very little over the years. However, Technicon Design is an international company trying to change all that with its concept of a windowless jet called the IXION. Gareth Davies, design director at Technicon Design, explains his vision for future planes: “Windows are complicated things to put into aeroplanes. Each window can add 15 kilograms (33 pounds) to the overall weight and they’re not aerodynamic. Our plan is to remove the windows and fit 4K HD cameras to the wings and body that can display images of whatever’s outside onto flexible OLED screens inside the plane.” This would give an uninterrupted panoramic view from the inside, while reducing weight and simplifying construction. A myriad of potential cabin moods and themes would be opened up: ”You’ll be able to control what is displayed on the screens from your smartphone.” This could result in a future where passengers travelling over a featureless ocean could be treated to sights like the New York skyline, a desert or even Godzilla taking on downtown Tokyo. If you don’t fancy looking at the same view as everyone else, the concept also suggests parallax screens that can only be seen by the person sitting in a particular seat. To create a truly flexible seating arrangement, passengers would be tracked so their screen follows them to whatever seat they sit in. Solar panels would also be employed to power internal electronics. This would generate alternative power for the lowvoltage systems on board when the engines are idle and save five per cent of the total fuel used. The designs challenge conventional thinking on every level. “We wanted to imagine a possible next step forward”, he continues. “The first stage in any innovation is imagination.”
Each passenger is tracked so they can view their own screen wherever they sit.
Windowless design The idea behind the windowless design has two main advantages. First, it makes the plane easier to build and more streamlined. Second, and more exciting, is it lets you do crazy and cool things like the image shown here on the right. 4K HD cameras mounted on the wings and body of the plane will be connected to OLED panels in the wall, which will display the outside images in real-time. This is done in the same way as a video camera can display images on a TV using an HDMI cable. The video is taken, sent down a cable to the screens where they are enlarged and reappear as a high-definition live feed. The screens can also be operated by the passengers, where gesture controls will allow you to make presentations to a group, hold video conferences or watch a film on the wall of the plane. Welcome to the future!
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