The international agency Technicon Design has created a new concept plane called IXION that is set to dazzle all those boarding the jet and challenge their imagination. The new concept replaces the windows of the vehicle with screens that display the external environment inside the jet. Passengers receive a 360 degree view of what they would be seeing if their plane was a transparent tube streaming through the skies.
The interior walls of the yet unbuilt IXION jet are in fact video monitors that display the feed received by cameras mounted on the exterior of the plane. However, if the passengers wish it, the monitors could display images of their choice as well. “The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy,” said Technicon design director Gareth Davies. “It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion. We quickly settled on the controversial yet interesting idea of removing the windows from the cabin and using existing or very near future technology to display the exterior environment to the inside surfaces of the cabin via external cameras.”
In order to power the low voltage monitors, IXION uses solar panels integrated in the roof. Moreover, the removal of its windows will make the jet lighter and more efficient in terms of cost and fuel. The interior of the plane is out of the ordinary as well. Instead of the classic plane chairs, passengers will be sitting on benches and armchairs. Some of them will have a table in between. Air conditioning and lightning is provided by strips along the plane’s body. As such, the screens will be broken up in two panels.
“The user experience is greatly enhanced by directly engaging the passengers with the environment outside, to the point of exhilaration by giving an unhindered panoramic view from the inside,” said Davies.
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