A windowless plane might sound like a stupid idea, until you look at the technology offered by the British Center for Process Innovation.
They propose to remove the windows from passenger planes and replace them with OLED touchscreens that extend along the plane’s entire length. The screens will display the view from outside transmitted via external cameras.
If it sounds kind of redundant, consider that windows are one of the greatest sources of unnecessary weight in passenger planes. Solid walls are stronger and can also be built thinner, saving lots of resources.
The OLED screens can also display in-flight entertainment.
“Internal tracking cameras could be used to project the image onto the screen from the point of view of the passenger- moving the image in accordance with the movements of the passenger’s head. Images would be relayed from a series of cameras mounted on the fuselage, potentially giving each display an uninterrupted view of the exterior (avoiding the wings and engines). Users in any seat will be able to select views from any side of the aircraft.”
The lighting panels would allow the color changes associated with sunrise and sunset to be controlled on long haul journeys, helping passengers to adjust to time zone differences.
However, people who are afraid of heights and flying might not find this idea particularly appealing…
What about you? Would you get on a windowless plane?