On the opening day of the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 in Hamburg Thales, world leader in In-flight Entertainment & Connectivity unveiled its innovative Immersive Business Class Seat.
The seat, developed in conjunction with BE Aerospace and design partners BMW Design Works, is a finalist for the Premium Class & VIP category at the 2014 Crystal Cabin Awards, the only international prize for innovations in the field of aircraft cabins.
This is the fourth year running a Thales innovative design is shortlisted for the awards. Last year the Thales Gesture Control & Eye Tracking technology was shortlisted and subsequently won the award for Passenger Comfort Systems. This year’s entry is a breakthrough which incorporates into an aesthetically pleasing industrial design, visionary IFE concepts and viable products, blending the physical and virtual user interfaces into a seamless passenger experience.
This evolution presents advanced technology innovations like touchpad controls integrated in the seat, Ultra-High Definition (UHD) main display screen, Passenger Control Display, Eye Tracking and Interactive Virtual Landscape Panel, widely regarded as some of the most advanced in the world.
These innovations are cleverly interfaced in the seat, to work in concert with products already on offer by Thales and third parties. These include the Thales SmartPIMs which allow passengers to interface their portable electronic devices with the IFE system, and Smart Device Ignition Wireless Charging.
- The Immersive Business Class Seat blends present and future technologies into physical and virtual user interfaces for a seamless passenger experience
- The seat makes Thales a finalist at the Crystal Cabin Awards 2014 for the fourth year running
- Headlining technology innovations regarded as the most advanced in the market are integrated with already deployed technologies such as the Thales SmartPIMs