Airbus has now patented the smart aircraft window–which it introduced in its aircraft of tomorrow concept–bringing us one step closer to a high-tech interactive flying experience to match the noblest aspirations of the aviation industry.
The US Patent was filed this March 19 and describes the new window as a “method for interactive visualization of information in an aircraft cabin.” Perhaps that doesn’t sound romantic, but it could mean that when we fly over the Eiffel Tower, we need only tap our window to learn how it was built, and, possibly, prompt the paper-thin OLED display on the seat back in front of us to play Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron on a musical romp through the City of Lights. Perhaps, by the time the aircraft of tomorrow flies, no one will get that reference, but it won’t matter—the songs sing for themselves.
Airbus’ vision for the aircraft of tomorrow is light open space, with plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the skies.
The filing of this patent reflects the manufacturer’s confidence in that unique vision, which is a positive development for all of us wondering how the industry which went from wooden airframes to the Concorde in 60 years will surpass that amazing accomplishment.