French aerospace company Thales is looking to change the landscape of in-flight entertainment with their latest prototype cabin which sees a massive 21.3-inch HD touchscreen for every passenger.
The intuitive devices which were showcased on Economy seats at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg is a strong indication of the rising quality of in-flight experience in the future.
Currently operating as working prototypes in a make-shift cabin called ‘Digital Sky’, the screens are orientated in the portrait format on the back of seats to conserve space. Watching films in widescreen will render a portion of the top and bottom useless but this doesn’t matter too much as the new technology provides for a wider scope of operation than just watching movies.
Browsing in-flight magazines, playing games, tracing a huge map and experiencing the world’s cities you’re travelling to is all possible on the Digital Sky. Since the screens are positioned longitudinally with the seat in front, they also have the advantage of not encroaching onto valuable leg or elbow space.
Thales are using off the shelf LCD screens for now in order to keep costs down and there are no airline partners to be announced just yet. Given the potential for the technology to reach premium-economy, business and first class, it should be a matter of time before an airline puts their hands up for the first batch roll out.
[via The Points Guy]