Center for Processing Innovation, a U.K.-based technology incubator is developing an airplane that has no windows.
In place of portholes, it’ll have high-resolution display panels, “running the entire length of the cabin wall,” which would project the scene outside the aircraft, captured by outboard cameras.
This would make the plane seem as if it had one long, continuous window.
Cameras on the inside would track the movements of a passenger’s head, and automatically adjust the display for parallax so as to enhance the sensation of looking out of a window.
The technology could be ready within a decade. And it could be a win-win situation for both airplane makers and flyers. As panels are much lighter than windows, they could bring down the cost of flying, by lowering the fuel costs. The draw for passengers is that they don’t have to strain their necks to capture an Instagram of the Golden Gate Bridge. Everyone, on both sides of the aisle, is treated to the same panorama, when the plane banks.
It may pose a philosophical problem, though.
If you are flying past the Northern Lights, and the view you have of them is being projected onto the cabin, can you claim to have really seen them?
h/t: THE ECONOMIST