A virtual reality helmet could change the way we travel.
Unless you're sitting in first class, traveling by plane isn't always a pleasant experience. As seats become smaller and leg space decreases, it's becoming pretty difficult to withstand a flight more than a couple of hours long. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is hoping to change all that by their patent-pending helmet that will help travelers completely forget they're on an airplane.
As Wired notes, flying is either boring or stressful. So, airlines provide entertainment like music, movies and TV shows to keep passengers busy and distracted. Airbus' plan is to completely immerse passengers in what they are watching.
“The helmet in which the passenger houses his/her head offers him/her sensorial isolation with regard to the external environment,” reads the patent filing.
The helmet will have headphones for music and it will allow passengers to watch movies through an "opto-electronics" screen or "image diffusion glasses." Passengers will even have the option to get some work done by turning on a virtual keyboard that appears on the tray and simply putting on a pair of motion capture gloves.
It will probably be a very long time before such helmets see the light of day, however. Airbus has only filed the patent, and a rep says there are no plans to actually bring this idea to market (Airbus is simply protecting its IP).