Ixion windowless private jet by Technicon Design
offers immersive panoramic views

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International agency Technicon Design has created a concept for a private jet that replaces windows with screens that can display the external environment inside the cabin (+ slideshow).

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

Technicon Design's French office built on experience working in the commercial aviation sector to come up with a conceptual yet plausible proposal for the Ixion jet.



"The ethos of the project is simple, to challenge current thinking, and propose something a little different, but not just a fantasy," said Technicon design director Gareth Davies. "It has to be credible and relevant, yet provoke discussion."

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

"We quickly settled on the controversial yet interesting idea of removing the windows from the cabin and using existing or very near future technology to display the exterior environment to the inside surfaces of the cabin via external cameras."

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

Cameras on the plane's fuselage – the main body – and wings would capture the surrounding views, which would be projected onto high-resolution screens on the sides and ceiling in the cabin.

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

The low-voltage display would be powered by solar panels integrated into the roof.

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

Removing the windows would reduce the weight of the plane, making it more fuel efficient, simplify construction and allow greater flexibility for interior layouts.

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

Passengers would sit in armchairs and bench seats facing two directions, some with tables in between.

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

Air conditioning and lighting would be provided by strips along the jet's body, breaking up the screens into three panels.

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

Any imagery could be projected onto the displays to create different moods in the cabin, including a traditional plane interior if desired.

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

"The user experience is greatly enhanced by directly engaging the passengers with the environment outside, to the point of exhilaration by giving an unhindered panoramic view from the inside," said Davies.

Ixion windowless jet by Technicon

A similar design for a windowless supersonic jet that will be able to fly from London to New York in under four hours was unveiled earlier this year, while an airship, plane and helicopter hybrid that can stay airborne for up to three weeks has also been proposed.

  • mik

    Finally!

  • Mralistair

    Presumably the views only work from one seat on the plane and everyone else ends up with horrible nausea and headaches.

  • guest

    How do they deal with different perspectives?

  • Noah

    Pretty awesome! Except for when you’re heading into a huge storm… Do you think they’d censor that out?

    • Journeys Onfilm

      I think that would be even more awesome! I was on a flight to Chicago once, and the pilot flew between a couple of thunderstorms. It was an amazing view.

  • Journeys Onfilm

    Powered by solar cells? Okay, that makes about as much sense as putting sails on an aircraft carrier. The amount of power this display would take is insignificant compared with the total power budget of a jet aircraft, and the extra expense in mounting the panels would be way out of proportion to any possible benefit.

  • Kwik Xperiment

    It’s funny that most people, including the writer of this article, fail to notice that there is something fundamentally wrong with this concept. These virtual panoramas work great if your eyes have the same viewing angle and perspective as the camera used to create these images. Now imagine sitting down in one of the seats: what you’ll see is a very distorted image that is hardly recognisable as something you would see through an actual transparent airplane hull.

  • TheGildedButler.com

    If this ever happens, I’m buying stock in barf bags :)

  • Jinxed

    Would be a cool concept to see in a movie where the camera is at a fixed angle. Would NOT be cool when you’re in the “window seat”, staring at pixels and distortion. Yuck.

  • Anthony

    It is a concept, the idea is to make your imagination work! I think that is a great concept and obviously if it was ever to be realised, a lot of what you addressed would be sorted out. Plus, it is not a commercial plane but a private jet so presumably money to make it would not be an issue. The solar panels are just to feed the screens when the engines are not running on full power.

    Anyway, we need guys with ideas like this to make the world more exciting! Remember: all new technology starts with an idea! Be positive!