How would you like to travel by ‘plane whilst travelling elsewhere? This is the idea launched by Technicon Design, a UK company which, as its name suggests, specializes in industrial design, and employs over 700 people worldwide.
Called Ixion, the project - which is simply a concept for now - required a full year’s work.
The idea is simple: a windowless business jet of which the cabin walls are covered with flexible LED screens, that can display absolutely everything and anything.
Gareth Davies, Design Director - Technicon Design France : "You can stream images from external cameras or you can have pre-prepared environments. The only limitation to what you can show is your own imagination and you can even imitate for people who maybe feel a little bit afraid with this open-air feeling, you can even imitate traditional windows."
In addition to the aesthetic aspects, the Ixion project also has other advantages for the aviation industry. A windowless fuselage makes it not only possible to save time in production, but also lightens the ‘plane, and makes it more aerodynamic.
Initially, only business jets would be concerned because the installation of these screens will incur a significant cost and that only the very wealthy could afford.
This market has already aroused the interest of some. In February, Spike Aerospace, an American aviation consulting firm, announced that their future supersonic jet, the Spike S-512, would be equipped with these screens from 2018. Watch this space!