Transparent Planes, coming soon to an acrophobe near you.

Posted by salambander
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on Tuesday, 21 September 2010
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Airbus have revealed some plans for future airplanes that sound pretty cool and futuristicky.

transparent plane

Firstly, they'll be eco-friendly, made of plant fibres that are "grown into the desired form" and so on. That's quite nifty. Secondly, they'll have private cabins that use holographic technology called "virtual decor", letting you transform it into an office, a bedroom, or a zen garden, for example. And most excitingly the main fuselage will be made from a cool kind of ceramic that at the touch of a button can go see-through, letting you stargaze or look at the Alps or the pyramids right below you.

 

transparent plane

That sounds awesome. It also sounds terrifying, for someone who is scared of heights. Would you like to be in a plane that is seemingly made of glass, seeing every sharp turn and exactly how high above the sea you are as your head is tucked between your knees and you vomit profusely?

An interesting thing is that they say they already have most of the technology to do this. 

I think this sort of technology would be great in future home design, but I don't know if it's such a good idea to have an illogical thing like a plane hurtling through the air made to look even more fragile.

 

holographic wall

Eek...

Well, these are the thoughts of most of the commenters that I've read on various articles about this today.

Personally I think it's pretty awesome.

The bad news? "Soon" to them means 2050.

So I'll be... Old. Will I be too old to enjoy it?

Come on, move yer bleedin' arses and let us try it out! NOW!

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AbortRetryFail
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AbortRetryFail Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Only for the rich probably, can't see that any new technology will be cheap enough to make it available to the masses for the first few years and putting private cabins on a commercial jetliner would cut the profits.

redsaid
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redsaid Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Does this new transparency mean that those of us who always fly in 'cattle class'(economy) will finally get a glimpse of what goes on in swanky first class? That would just add to the cruelty!

Great post, as always!

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Dissol Saturday, 01 January 2011

is this your last post?? :(

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