The days of elbowing your way to a window seat on an airplane could be over if a new "windowless jet" concept comes into fruition.
The UK-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has unveiled plans for an Aerospace Windowless Aircraft design which would see cabin walls fitted with a ‘digital wallpaper' transmitting footage of the outside scenery via external cameras.
The design uses ultra-flexible, high-definition display technologies that would allow travellers to choose their preferred view or use the screen as a multimedia device for in-flight entertainment.
By using OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology, the display screens will fit onto surfaces including seatbacks making the aircraft lighter and more streamlined — and therefore significantly reducing both fuel costs and carbon footprint.
The technology is still in development, but CPI has created flexible OLED lighting devices of varying thickness and colours, and recently demonstrated that such devices can be flexed to a radius of 1mm without a decrease in performance.
The company claims it could also be used to create roll-up mobile phones or integrated into functional clothing.
Earlier this year, Technicon Design unveiled plans for the Ixion jet — a private windowless plane that uses inside cabin walls as a giant screen to offer panoramic views. — AFP/Relaxnews 2014