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“Windowless” planes

“Windowless” planes
By Fanny Bates

TP 201902 future 04“无窗”飞机

 

自从第一架飞机被发明以来,人们希望能够全面了解天空。人们乘飞机多喜欢选择靠窗的座位,因为可以看到平时难得一见的高空外景。不过由于飞机窗口狭小,视野非常有限,很难看到机舱外的全景。然而近日一家法国公司提出了一个大胆创意,他们将设计一款全透明的私人飞机,乘客坐在舱内便可欣赏360度高空外景。这款飞机没有窗户,但却能利用机身和舱内天花板的特殊材质将安装在机舱外的摄像头拍摄的360度高空全景投影出来。乘客们不论坐在哪个位置,都能感觉到仿佛置身于全透明的机舱之中,可以无限欣赏各个角度的高空风云变幻。


世界各地的航空公司都在意识到这种潜力。最近,Airbus公司已经推出了一种全新的飞机概念,准备在2030年前推出。这架飞机将拥有纤细的机翼,U形尾翼和内外“智能”机身。Airbus公司推出的一些新概念包括:


- 自动清洁,生态座椅,可以改变其形状,并适应乘客的身体位置,无论是坐着还是躺着
- 乘客可以使用全息投影改造他们的私人机舱并将他们变成办公室或家中
- 未来的飞机将完全环保,使用太阳能电池板或来自其他可再生能源的能源,从而减少气体排放。
- 自导飞机以及遥控飞机可以成为梦想成真,让公司减少额外费用并避免飞行员可能犯的错误。

TP 201902 future 02Ever since the first airplane was invented, people wanted to have a complete view of the sky. Sometimes, even fighting over a window seat happened. However, in the future, this may change. A team from the Center for Process Innovation located in UK, Technicon, is creating a new future of air travel. An international technology and design agency has come up with an interesting and intriguing new concept, windowless planes.

 

A panoramic view from “windowless” planes

TP 201902 future 03The Technicon research team has made a breakthrough when it comes to futuristic planes by introducing a new concept called “windowless plane”. What does this mean? Even though the name might suggest that the concept won’t have windows, the idea is actually to have OLED touchscreens covering the entire length of the plane. The exterior environment will be filmed and projected on the screens so that passengers can enjoy in their view, even though they are not placed near the window. On the inside surface of the cabin, they would experience a fantastic panoramic view of the sky and the Earth, but that’s not all. It would also be possible to project other things on the OLED screens, entertainment, videos, movies and other. And in the next decade, this would surely be a reality with everyone on the plane having a virtual window seat.

 

The OLED touchscreens will be attached and connected to cameras from the outside of the plane, filming realistic pictures of the sky and what is going on around the plane. Passengers will have the possibility to switch this if they don’t feel comfortable watching this. OLED screens, which are currently used in TVs, tablets, smartphones and other smart devices, will function through the organic diode projecting light with the use of electrical current. Planes would not have the same windows as in the past, and this would reduce construction costs and airplane weight. This would also allow the engineers to have more freedom of constructing the interior of the planes making it more efficient. “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.”

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However, the concept of “windowless” planes isn’t entirely new. A company located in Paris had similar projects in the past. Last year, even the Dubai’s Emirates made an announcement, unveiling designs for “a new first class suite, which feature fiber-optic cameras that beam an image of outside onto the wall.” These planes would be also environmentally friendly, so that the reduction in weight would mean fuel savings. “With less fuel onboard, these planes emit less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, promoting environmentally friendly travel.”

 

Smart planes of the future

TP 201902 future 06With all the advances that we have seen so far, the concept of commercial air travel could be changed entirely in the future. The possibilities are endless and the air companies around the world are recognizing this potential. Recently, one of the most successful companies, Airbus, has launched an entirely new concept of airplanes, ready to be launched by 2030. The plane would have slim wings, U-shaped tail and “smart” body inside and outside. Some of the new concepts that were introduced by Airbus include:

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- Self- cleaning, ecological seats that could change their shape and adjust to the passenger’s position of the body, both for sitting and lying down,

 

- Airplane cabin will have walls that would enable the passengers to see through them at the touch of a button, and allowing 360-degree views,

 

- Passengers could transform their private cabin and turn them into office or home by using holographic projections

 

- The planes of the future would be entirely environmentally-friendly, using solar panels or energy from other renewable sources, so that the gas emissions would be reduced.

 

- Self-guided planes, as well as remotely piloted planes, could become a dream come true, allowing the company to reduce additional expenses and avoid possible mistakes made by pilots.

 

Even though these options may see as coming from a “sci-fi” movie, the truth is that these things are coming soon, even sooner as you may expect.

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