Head in the clouds? UK developers are working on removing windows in planes to save weight and fuel,replacing them with smartscreen panels broadcasting the view.
The early-stage concept for the windowless plane, based on technology used on mobile phones and television, comes from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), an organization with sites across north-east England that works with companies to develop new products. It imagines how large, hi-definition, ultra thin and light-weight displays could form the inside of the fuselage, displaying images of the exterior from cameras mounted on the plane’s exterior
The researchers understood the need to take weight out of aircraft and by putting windows into a plane, the fuselage needed to be strengthened, and by omitting them by adding walls of screens on panels, the fuselage would be lighter.
These futuristic plans would involve screen panels reflecting whatever view of the outside the passenger wanted, changing in accordance with the direction of their eyes.
I like to sleep during my flights and I wonder, can I do it surrounded by the bright outside views?