Cape Town - While the plain folk ponder over how to beat jetlag once and for all, scientists and futurist travel pioneers are revolutionizing the travel industry altogether.
ArabianBusiness.com, for example, reports that the major aircraft manufacturer Boeing envisions planes of the future to have special zones dedicated to relaxing and playing games, open panoramic windows and even seats that can use passengers’ body heat to power the plane.
Here are six aircraft patents that have actually been considered for usage within the near future.
Welcome to the future, travellers.
1. Force fields
Yes, the kind you see in Star Wars.
According to CNN, Boeing has been granted a patent for a force field-like defense system. The patent describes a system that would detect the shockwave from a nearby explosion and create an area of ionized air - a plasma field - between the oncoming blast and the vehicle it's protecting by creating a temporary, super-heated parcel of air with a laser, microwave or electrical arc.
2. Windowless Cockpits
Airbus has the go-ahead to change cockpits to digitally simulated rooms that would be situated at the bottom of the aircraft, rather than in the nose of the aircraft - like we now know. This way, the plane could be elongated for more space and aerodynamic use, and the pilots could fly blind using only simulated images that are filmed from cameras on all sides of the aircraft.
And if that isn't enough, entire windowless planes might soon be a thing too!
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3. Doughnut-shaped planes
Not kidding. Airbus got the patent plans to build a plane with a hole in the center, as this will apparently improve passenger space as well as aerodynamic function of the aircraft. More importantly, this tasty looking plane will ensure a more even distribution of cabin pressure, creating a safer - and more comfortable - journey for all.
4. Interactive touch-screen smart windows
You know those information boards in malls that tell you 'You are Here'? Well, this is something similar, but with some general knowledge and historical information added.
Imagine sitting in the plane, flying over Table Mountain, and being able to tap various pop-up screens that will give you relevant info about the mountain. These informational windows will have interactive info for all major points of interests, like the Pyramids, the London Eye and the Empire State Building.
5. All sensory, 3D entertainment
Gone are the days of uncomfortable earphones and small pixelated TV screens. The new headgear entertainment will give passengers disturbance-free, surround-sound 3D viewing, and there might even be an olfactory function incorporated in the viewing devises.
6. Trap doors for terrorists
It might seem like a gimmick, but this James Bond-like terrorist trap-door patent is high on the aircraft priority lists especially following the terrorist incidents on planes in the past. The trap door would be situated right in front of the cock-pit, and would be activiated (opened) by the push of a button in the cockpit whenever force entry into this space is attempted.
The thug would then be disposed of into a chamber in the belly of the aircraft, awaiting trial...
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