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The Future of In-Flight Entertainment Is More Advanced Than We Can Imagine

Excerpt from CNBC

Feb 14, 2014 10:40 am

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Although lasers that stream music into our ears, technology that pauses a movie when we look at a flight attendant, and fast Wi-Fi sound great, a little more room and tastier snacks might be just as good.

— Samantha Shankman

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There are several technologies currently being developed to take in-flight entertainment and the flying experience to new heights.

Thales, a key player in the on-board entertainment solutions space, for instance, is working on embedding gesture control and eye tracking technology into in-flight entertainment systems.

With the gesture control technology, passengers would no longer need to use a controller to interact with the screen. Meanwhile, with eye tracking technology passengers would no longer need to hit the pause button on a movie before interacting with an air stewardess.

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