Boeing imagines the airplane cabin as a giant LED screen
At a time when it seems most new airplane designs are focused on cramming more people onboard, Boeing has a refreshing concept that could make aviation more luxurious.
In a video showing the concept, the aircraft manufacturer presents a modern cabin featuring color-changing accent lighting and projections on the ceiling and walls.
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"Most of the lighting effects could be achieved with projection lighting," Boeing spokesperson Bret Jensen told Mashable. "However, we havenât made any final decisions about what kind of hardware would be used to make which effects, since weâre still in the concept stage."
There's no firm date for when customers could expect to see improved lighting onboard since it is still in the concept date. But " once a lighting system becomes available, our goal would be to have it on new airplanes and be retrofitted on older ones," Jensen said.
Until the system is installed on planes â which looks like it will be in the distant future â Boeing's video and our resulting daydreams will have to suffice.
Image: BoeingIn first class, screens are wider and rounded, allowing passengers to watch both a movie and important flight stats. There are also improvements to in-flight entertainment in economy.
Image: BoeingThe whole thing feels a bit like a plane that spent some time at a posh club. There's a spacious, swanky bar, and calming mood lighting and images are meant to lull passengers to relaxation.
Image: BoeingâAirlines could use these lighting enhancements on the walls and bulkheads to display information about the destination or to project scenes that get passengers thinking about where theyâre going,â Mike Sinnett, Commercial Airplanes vice president of product development, said in a statement. âThe possibilities are endless about how this technology could be used.â
The idea for LED installation on planes has been considered before. In 2014, the Centre for Process Innovation filed a patent for a plane cabin with no windows â just screens.
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