Airbus Wants to Use Virtual Reality to Improve the In-Flight Experience
Airbus wants to put your head in a bowl to ensure you have no more Total Recall of your dreadful flight experience.
The aircraft manufacturer has now filed U.S. Patent 8814266 B2 for a headrest design that converts into a full-immersion, multisensory, sensory-deprivation, virtual-reality, headrest-hat-astronaut-helmet thingie.
According to the aircraft manufacturer:
"During aircraft flights, certain passengers have periods when they are bored either during a wait phase preceding take-off or following landing or during a cruise phase. Moreover, it is known that aircraft flights generate stress for certain passengers."
To solve this problem, activities are currently proposed onboard the aircraft. Thus, music is broadcast or films shown, access is given to video games or, again, catering services are ensured. However, these various occupations are in some cases insufficient to relieve boredom or stress.
An aim of the invention is to improve in this respect the comfort of aircraft passengers.
Thus, the helmet in which the passenger houses his/her head offers him/her sensorial isolation with regard to the external environment. This isolation can be more or less pronounced according to the configuration of the helmet and the functionalities which are associated with it.
This isolation allows the passenger to better profit from some of the distractions offered, for example: listening to music, watching films, etc. If the passenger is sensitive to stress, this isolation, possibly associated with one of the above-mentioned activities, allows him/her to more easily calm down and relax. In all cases, the invention improves therefore the comfort of the passengers and the pleasantness of their flight.
According to the embodiments, the isolation can be a sound, visual and/or olfactory isolation. It can be total or partial for any of these aspects, or several of them or all."