Did you know that around 3.1 billion people take to the skies to reach a far-off destination annually? Business meetings, vacations, visiting a relative or friend… you name it. Traveling is about the destination and the journey has become more of an irritating inconvenience than anything. The airplane hasn’t been redesigned ever since its invention.
You will surely agree that ever since air travel was invented, people have been literally fighting over the window seat. Well, this will no longer be happening, due to a great innovation by The Center for Process Innovation, a British technology and research firm. Amazingly, they have come up with quite an innovative aviation concept which has won them an award- windowless planes!
The idea is not to ruin your view while flying, but to enhance it! This would be accomplished by filming the exterior environment and showing it on the inside surfaces throughout the cabin. The result? Rather than being confined to a tiny window, passengers will have the chance to experience an amazing panoramic view of the world.
The planes will be windowless, and the entire plane will be covered in OLED touch screens, giving every and each of the passengers a virtual window seat. The touch screens will be connected to cameras which are placed all over the plane, allowing to display a realistic view of the outside.
Not familiar with OLED-touch screen technology? It is an abbreviation for organic light-emitting diode, meaning that there is film made up of organic compounds and is capable of projecting light in a reaction to electrical current. Amazing, isn’t it?
If by any chance you get sick of looking at the sky, you can turn the virtual window in an entertainment system, too.
While OLED technology may sound scientific, it is currently being used in mobile phones, tablets, computer screens, and televisions. By the time these jets are manufactured, which is about ten years from now, there will probably be a more advanced screen available on the market.
As great as it seems, this technology has already excited a few conspiracy theorists who claim that this new concept isn’t without a set of setbacks. Many people have raised concerns regarding the amount of light by the screens, suggesting that it might cause some discomfort for the passengers.
“The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy,” Technicon’s Design Director Gareth Davies said in a news-release. “It has to be credible and relevant yet provoke discussion.”
To learn more about the design, its benefits and potential drawbacks, check out the video below: