IXION windowless jet
IXION windowless jet with 360 degree panoramic views and solar panels.
International agency Technicon Design has created a concept for a private jet that replaces windows with screens. Technicon Design has a lot of experience working in the commercial aviation sector.
IXION’s windowless jet uses external cameras to capture a full 360-degree panoramic view of the exterior of the plane, which is then adjusted for perspective and displayed on the cabin’s interior display panels that cover most of the cabin. This gives the passenger the illusion of transparency, albeit a 2-dimensional one. The displays could also be customized to show any other animated wallpaper you so chose, such as a beach scene or outer space. In order to drive low voltage systems on-board, a series of amorphous solar panels are placed on the upper front half of the exterior
“The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy,” said Technicon design director Gareth Davies. “It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion.”
“We quickly settled on the controversial yet interesting idea of removing the windows from the cabin and using existing or very near future technology to display the exterior environment to the inside surfaces of the cabin via external cameras.”
Removing the windows would reduce the weight of the plane, making it more fuel efficient, simplify construction and allow greater flexibility for interior layouts. Removing the windows would reduce the weight of the plane, making it more fuel efficient, simplify construction and allow greater flexibility for interior layouts. Passengers would sit in armchairs and bench seats facing two directions, some with tables in between.
“The user experience is greatly enhanced by directly engaging the passengers with the environment outside, to the point of exhilaration by giving an unhindered panoramic view from the inside,” said Davies.
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