The Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg this week sparked conversation about planes–private and commercial, cutting-edge and more traditional. Among all the talk of space-saving seats and overhead-bin design, we heard a lot about onboard Wi-Fi and other IFE developments. We have an upcoming series on the current state of IFE, but for now here are some AIX-related pieces to tide you over.
- Many new commercial plane seats still make room for the built-in seat back screen (though the lightest seats drop it). Will we see this change as personal electronic devices become the preferred way to consume media in planes?
- The new Immersive Business Class Seat concept from Thales takes the built-in screen to a whole new level, surrounding the passenger with high-tech gadgetry. But even if the seat has all of today’s best hardware, won’t it feel dated after just a year or two?
- Much of the latest-and-greatest in IFE focuses on software, rather than hardware, solutions. (Also, the “industry is starting to think about wireless solutions from a passenger’s perspective.”)
- And reminders are starting to pop up that IFE content doesn’t just mean movies and music. Whether on personal devices or plane systems, games are increasingly part of the equation.