The window seat could soon be less in demand as the Center for Process Innovation, a British technology and research firm is considering innovative flight travel where airplanes will be windowless.
The future of plane travel will bring guests an immersive experience where the length of the plane will be covered in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) high resolution touch screens. This involves an emissive electroluminescent layer consisting of an organic compound which emits light in response to an electric current. This organic layer is then placed between two electrodes, of which one is usually transparent, to create a digital display.
In this way each and every passenger will have a virtual window seat view. This is achieved through a number of cameras placed on the outside of the plane allowing for realistic views of the surrounding landscape and the clouds above.
With continued progress, these kinds of planes could replace current planes within the next 10 years.
Customers who are more inclined towards motion sickness will also be able change their virtual window into an entertainment system alternatively.
These systems can also be effectively utilised to order drinks, snacks and assistance.
US engineering firm Spike Aerospace has already developed a jet using this technology. The Spike S-512 Supersonic Business Jet makes use of full OLED systems spanning the length of the aircraft and allowing working professionals to see virtual views, be productive while in the air while using the touch screen surfaces to display work and get to their desired location in half the time.
While many question just how comfortable this new technology will be for frequent-flyers others are excited for the future.
See the windowless plane concept in action here: