According to an American company, the experience of flying is ripe for a complete rethink.
The proliferation of displays in recent years has been particularly pronounced in the automotive industry: first dashboards have been added to dashboards, then speedometers have been replaced by screens, and now there are models where exterior mirrors are replaced by pixel-based surfaces.
An Oregon company, Rosen Aviation, now wants to do something similar with the cabin of aircraft, where it would replace well-proven windows with huge displays.
The concept, called the Maverick Project, the company’s president said, was born out of an attempt to “apply the technology of the future in the aircraft of the future”. The cabin, designed by Rosen, proclaims the next era of aviation with touch-screen surfaces and holograms in addition to spacious OLED panels showing the landscape below, and its overall effect spiced with futuristic furniture evokes spaceships seen in sci-fi.
Lee Clark, vice president of strategy at Rosen Aviation, said the Maverick Project was designed to bring the aircraft industry behind the automotive and smart homes, where similar solutions are already quite prevalent. Speaking to CNN, the leader specifically drew attention to the benefits of display windows:
“Virtual skylights and virtual windows seem to be among the hottest topics these days, as they allow for the incorporation of augmented reality and some artificial intelligence, and make something more immersive about the tiny portholes we’ve been living with for decades.”
The company sees bold design as a guiding principle in the interior design of private aircraft, but it also plans to present a version adapted for commercial aircraft at the 2022 Airport Interiors Expo.
Rosen Aviation is not the only player in the market toying with the idea of virtual windows: Emirates in 2018 will be a “first class suite“presented its plans, in which technology also returned.
Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.
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