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Airbus Files Patent to Put Win Back in Window Seat

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | March 30, 2015

Airbus Files Patent to Put Win Back in Window Seat

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According to a report from the Daily Mail, you will one day shrug off the aisle seat, opting for the far more entertaining fare offered a couple seats over.

Becky Pemperton writes on a patent filed on March 19 that would open an entire world of knowledge and traveling depth to those who are fortunate enough to use it.

Pemberton writes on the recent Airbus patent, which “features touchscreen windows for passengers so they can tap key attractions as they fly overhead and find out what they are.”

For years we have had to settle for pilots announcing, “If you look out the left side of the plane you will see some clouds, but if you look out the right side you can see a dot that may or may not be the Statue of Liberty.”

If all goes according to plan, one day you may be able to enjoy something like this, which is an Airbus image tweeted out by the Daily Mail:

Those in the aisle, however, are left to enjoy an obstacle-free trip to the bathroom and those random jarring moments when the cart comes by and knocks your elbow.

The report points to this older video for a more complete vision of what Airbus hopes to accomplish in time:

The video from 2011 is not exactly what you might see in the immediate future. The description of the video states: “Airbus invites the passengers of 2050 to discover its Concept Cabin.”

By 2050 some of us will be more worried about taking our "back pills" than an interactive window, but we congratulate the next generation that will one day take this sort of thing for granted.

While the window innovation is one small piece of an overall stunning concept, it’s an important and truly exciting step.

We yearn for the days when we don’t have to look outside smudged windows, instead learning about the iconic landmarks that pepper the ground on which we are about to walk.

Science, we continue to marvel at your ability to keep us entertained.


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