While it’s not a type of technology you’re going to be able to get your hands on any time soon, we here at TrustedReviews like to do a bit of future gazing from time to time and the Airbus Concept Plane is something we felt we had to tell you about. In the lead up to the Paris Air Show next week, Airbus has unveiled details of its vision for the future of aviation.
The Airbus Concept Plane is what the company believes we will be traversing the globe in come 2050. The most immediate change you’ll notice in the concept drawings released by Airbus is the almost transparent nature of the frame. The “bionic” frame of the Concept Plane was inspired by the super-lightweight bones of birds though what the struts are made out of is not clear.
The structure will give passengers an amazing view of the world around them though fot those with a fear of heights, this may not seem like a step in the right direction. There will be an exterior skin of dimmable glass around the plane, which can be made more or less transparent depending on the time of day.
The transparent nature of the plane’s structure is just one of the radical changes we will be seeing in aviation by 2050, according to Airbus. The plane will also have numerous different zones and will do away with the stack ‘em high attitude of economy travel we have nowadays. Among the zones will be areas for work, rest and play: "Passengers in 2050 could join an interactive conference, enjoy a game of virtual golf, or read the kids back home a bedtime story whilst watching the planet spread out beneath their feet.”
And even your seat will be futuristic with intelligent neural networks allowing the seat to morph and conform to your body shape. There’ll be “vitamin and antioxidant-enriched air, mood lighting, aromatherapy and acupressure treatments" – which makes us think the cost of a ticket could be a little bit on the pricey side.
For those looking for more immediate upgrades in their flying experience, Samsung and American Airlines have announced a partnership whereby first-class passengers will get the use of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on selected routes. It’s not neural networked morphing seats, but at least you’ll be able to play Angry Birds.