August 15, 2014 12:56 pm

Windowless airplane creates see-through fuselage with high-tech displays

The private jet, dubbed the IXION airplane, would have cameras mounted on the outside of the plane to capture its surroundings and project it on the inside of the cabin walls.

File Photo/Technicon Design

TORONTO – Imagine sitting on a plane, hurtling through the air at almost 900 kilometres per hour, with a 360-degree panoramic view of the atmosphere around you – but the plane has no windows whatsoever.

Paris-based design company Technicon Design has come up with a concept for a windowless private jet that would provide passengers with high-res panoramic images inside the cabin, instead of the average cloud-filled window views.

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The private jet, dubbed the IXION airplane, would have cameras mounted on the outside of the plane to capture its surroundings and project it on the inside of the cabin walls.

Passengers would feel as if they were riding a see-through jet.

“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 Gareth Davies, Design Director at Technicon, in a press release.

“Parallax barrier technology allows the passengers to see different views at the same time on the same screen. “

If the idea of soaring through the air at 38,000 feet feeling like you have no walls around you is too much, the jet allows passengers to pick any panoramic scene to be displayed.

Want to take in a 360-degree view of Paris at night? No problem. How about a space scene that makes you feel weightless? The plane can do that too.

space-plane

The jet would also include “Minority Report”-like features, that allow passengers to use hand gestures to control the displays, cabin environment and personal TVs.

But a windowless jet would have engineering advantages too.

According to Technicon, removing the jet’s windows would allow for weight reduction, which could lead to lower fuel costs, and easier construction of the jet – however, it does not factor in the installation of the displays, which cover the majority of the fuselage.

Would you be brave enough to ride a windowless jet?

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