Tech firm proposes using OLED screens to make aircraft cabins appear see-through

“But the aviation industry works 10 to 20 years ahead in terms of design, therefore the concept shown in the video will not become a reality for at least 20 to 30 years.”
According to the spokesperson, CPI plans to work with designers to understand “how the flexible, lightweight OLED technology we are developing can be best used, and then engineers can become involved.”
“It’s a collaborative process and our concept was a call to action,” he added. A conceptual video from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which works with clients to prototype projects and ideas, shows a plane interior with seemingly invisible walls, panels and ceiling. OLEDs generate light when electricity is passed through layers of organic semiconductor material mounted on glass. “We believe fully flexible OLED technology at a scale able to be used in the aerospace market will be available in approximately 10 years,” he said. “Imagine we are completing a journey along a technology roadmap, where the windowless fuselage is the furthermost point.”
“The technology exists at a smaller scale currently, and we are working towards significantly scaling it up and producing it cheaper, better and faster.” These would be covered with screens made from flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology – ultra-thin, lightweight and malleable displays – streaming high-quality footage broadcast live by cameras outside of the plane. As well as frightening aviophobes, removing windows entirely would significantly reduce the weight of a craft – potentially reducing its fuel consumption and carbon footprint. CPI’s director of printable electronics, Jon Helliwell, told the   Guardian   that the business had been thinking about how to reduce weight in aircraft – and taking all the windows out was the logical next step. All displays would be made from OLEDs. The UK-based Centre for Process Innovation has unveiled its vision for an airplane cabin with no windows at all, instead projecting 360-degree views from outside throughout the interior using flexible screens built into the fabric of the cabin.

Updated: 09.11.2014 — 03:55