New airplane concept allows passengers to fly through clouds with windowless walls

UK-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has unveiled a new concept for an airplane cabin that has no visible windows and instead reflects projections of 360-degree views from outside throughout the indoor space.

Using flexible screens that are built into the fabric of the cabin, the technology behind this concept is the use of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology that is ultra-thin and light, and will stream high quality footage broadcast from live cameras located outside of the plane.

Other images can also be displayed on the rear panel seats such as websites, in-flight entertainment, and other projected views of the sky outside.

All this will be created using OLEDs which work through generating light when electricity is passed through layers of organic semiconductor material on mounted glass.

OLEDs require less energy than LED to create clear images and emit very little heat.

Getting rid of the windows on the plane would also significantly reduce the weight of the aircraft and could potentially reduce its fuel consumption and carbon footprint.

CPI’s director of electronics, Jon Helliwell, told the Guardian that the firm has been considering methods of reducing weight in an aircraft and taking the windows out was the most logical step.

A spokesperson had however told Dezeen that the aviation industry would not be ready to realise such plans until atleast another 20 years.

“We believe fully flexible OLED technology at a scale able to be used in the aerospace market will be available in approximately 10 years,” he said. “But the aviation industry works 10 to 20 years ahead in terms of design, therefore the concept shown in the video will not become a reality for at least 20 to 30 years.”

According to the spokesperson, CPI plans to work with designers to understand “how the flexible, lightweight OLED technology we are developing can be best used, and then engineers can become involved.”

“It’s a collaborative process and our concept was a call to action,” he added. “Imagine we are completing a journey along a technology roadmap, where the windowless fuselage is the furthermost point.”

“The technology exists at a smaller scale currently, and we are working towards significantly scaling it up and producing it cheaper, better and faster,” he told Dezeen.