Admit it–you’ve perfected your selfie pose. And now that you’ve got the duck face and skinny arm down pat, why not explore the art of the skyline selfie? We’re not talking an upward-gazing shot of the Empire State Building or semi-panoramic view of Manhattan; we mean full-on aerial photos taken from 40,000 feet up in the air. That’s exactly what the IXION windowless jet from Technicon Design is doing.
The firm’s groundbreaking new design has removed windows from the cabin and, using near-future technology, displays the surrounding environment on interior cabin surfaces via external cameras. Not only does this provide incredible views, but greens the aircraft by reducing weight (thereby requiring less fuel and maintenance), simplifying construction, and opening doors for a variety of design possibilities. To boot, expansive solar panels would power the on-board, low-voltage systems, creating a one-of-a-kind visual for the jet’s exterior body.
By directly engaging the passenger with his or her external surroundings, the IXION jet is creating an entirely new travel experience. Riders can also see different views at the same time on the same screen thanks to parallax barrier technology.
There are several cabin moods and themes that can be displayed if the natural surroundings aren’t cutting it. This includes movies, stock footage, and photographed views of places like the Caribbean or Grand Canyon. One option even imitates a traditional airplane interior. The screens could also be used for video conferencing in the cabin.
Though the windowless jet isn’t a reality just yet, Technicon has created a video that takes you on a virtual tour. Check it out below.
[Via NY Daily News]