Windowless aircraft, the future of travel

Imagine flying thousands of metres above land in an aircraft with no windows, but plastic display screens projecting the sky outside.

This is the technology currently being developed to aid the future of cheaper air travel.

The theory is that the technology will help significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs.

The full-length display screens or panels, will allow passengers a constant view of the world above and below them as well as checking their email, social media channels and surfing the internet

The early-stage concept, from the Centre for Process Innovation, is based on technology currently used in mobile phones and televisions.

Large, hi-definition, ultra-thin and lightweight displays could display images via cameras mounted on the outside of the plane.

The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which sees conductive inks carry electronic currents in cardboard and plastic for just a few cents per unit.

“We had been speaking to people in aerospace and we understood that there was this need to take weight out of aircraft,” said Dr Jon Helliwell of the CPI.

Helliwell explained that by putting windows into a plane, the fuselage needed to be strengthened and when omitting them in favour of walls of screens on panels, the fuselage would be lighter.

“Follow the logical thought through. Let’s take all the windows out – that’s what they do in cargo aircraft – what are the passengers going to do? If you think about it, it’s only really the people that are sitting next to windows that will suffer.”

The developers say the windowless plane could become a reality in just 10 years.

“We are talking about it now because it matches the kind of development timelines that they have in the aerospace industry.”

“So you could have a display next to a seat if you wanted it; you could have a blank area next to a seat if you wanted it; you would have complete flexibility as to where you put [the panel screens]. You could put screens on the back of the seats in the middle and link them to the same cameras.”

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15-year-old develops new store-topping app

Dubbed by some as the next Mark Zuckerberg, Sydney school student Ben Pasternak has created an app with the help of his friend which has been downloaded more times in the past week than the hugely popular Twitter and Tinder apps.

Impossible Rush is a simple minimalist puzzle-style game in which users tap to rotate a multi-coloured wheel in order to line a side up with falling balls of a corresponding colour.

The product of procrastinating in science class, Pasternak recruited his friend and coding whiz from Chicago, Austin Valleskey, to help create the app in just a matter of a few hours.

Pasternak’s mother is over the moon at the popularity of her son’s app, however remains modestly unsurprised at his success: “so many kids at his age just sit home and play games, but he’s not interested in that. He’s interested in creating new technology,” she said.

With Impossible Rush already being downloaded over 300,000 times, Pasternak does not want to stop there.

“Everyone I tell has the attitude that there are a million-plus apps out there, they said ‘what are the chances of your app working out? You’re just a 15-year-old-kid’… But now Impossible Rush is out I’ve proven to myself – and everyone – that it’s going to work out,” Pasternak told The Sydney Morning Herald.

So what does he have in store next? Apparently an app called ‘One’, which allows users to access their Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter feeds all from the one place – letting us catch up on all our updates from the day much quicker.

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