Something that I remember a lot from my childhood when I got into a car with my cousins or friends, it was that famous fight to stay in the window, one always wanted to stay in the window. And this is a preference that has not changed at least for me over the years. When reserving air tickets, I have always tried to grab chairs in the airplane windows, as it is very nice to observe the cities from the air and the celestial landscapes.
Apparently a group of researchers in England from the CPI (Center for Innovation processes) have devised a way to give us all the window. The idea, although it seems contradictory, is to completely remove all the aircraft windows, and replace them with touch screens that cover most of the interior of the plane, leaving the plane without real windows. These screens would show images of the outside of the plane thanks to video cameras that would be positioned on the outer fuselage of the plane, giving the passenger the perception of being in front of a huge window. Likewise, the possibility of integrating the aircraft’s entertainment systems into these huge screens that would be on the sides and on the ceiling is also raised.
Having an airplane without windows, according to this group of researchers, would bring great benefits to the airlines, because in airplanes, these are one of the elements that add more weight to the design of the structures, so if they are eliminated, the weight of the airplane It would reduce and therefore fuel consumption. It also raises the benefit of giving a great flight experience to passengers, being able to contemplate the exterior in all its splendor regardless of whether or not you are in the seat where the window used to be.
However, there are still some questions to be resolved, such as do all passengers want to have this type of visibility? If you are one of those people who is afraid of heights or airplanes, perhaps this experience is more of a terrifying torture than an enjoyment. What do you think? Would you like to get on a windowless plane designed with this type of technology in the future?
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