Like the flying saucer-shaped car, envisioned in the Fifties, commuters in Dubai will soon be able to hop aboard flying taxis and “soar over busy streets and past the desert city’s gleaming skyscrapers, all—quite literally—at the push of a button.”
The eight-rotor passenger drone, capable of carrying a single, 220-pound rider and a piece of small luggage, can fly up to about 30 miles or about 30 minutes, on a single battery charge. It has a top speed of 100 m.p.h., but it’d, typically, operate at 62 m.p.h.
The concept for this desk, clad in a patchwork of polished aluminum panels, is borrowed from the gleaming nose cones and fuselages of mid-20th century aircraft. Its rounded corners give it an aerodynamic aura.
This is just the kind of desk I want.
Airbus’ new A350 XWB has panels of LEDs that can project 16.7 million shades of color within the cabin, which mimic the hues of the different times of the day.
When travelling east, the plane can expose passengers to brighter lights before dawn, making it seem as if the day has already begun, as it has in their destination. In the reverse direction, continued exposure to light in the evening, can simulate the delayed sunset to the west.
The innovation is said to be a cure for jet lag.
h/t: AIRBUS and THE ECONOMIST