Virgin Hyperloop One and BIG reveal videos showing hyperloop’s ‘zoetrope’ windows
Virgin Hyperloop One and BIG have recently revealed videos that illustrate how hyperloop windows will feature an effect that makes it seem as though passengers are moving through a transparent tube.
The high-speed transportation system’s tubes will feature small circular windows that work in the style of a zoetrope — a pre-film animation device that produces the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs.
When the hyperloop pods move fast enough, views through the windows will merge to create the notion of one continuous view.
The video was shared on Twitter by Virgin Hyperloop One’s chief technology office Josh Giegel, and on Vimeo by Hugo Sou, design lead at BIG.
— Josh Giegel (@jgiegel) June 4, 2018
The system would see the hyperloop tube featuring small circular portholes spaces 10m apart. When the hyperloop pod inside travels at low speed, passengers can notice the spaces between the views, however, at hop speeds above 680 miles per hour, the tube walls merge together and create an uninterrupted, blurred view.
The zoetrope windows respond to hyperloop critics who argue that passengers would not embrace the idea of travelling at high speeds through dark and claustrophobic tubes.
Virgin Hyperloop One has not confirmed whether the windows will be incorporated in its first fully realised system.