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This plane could lower carbon emissions — and give everyone a window seat

This plane could lower carbon emissions — and give everyone a window seat

The Center for Process Innovation (CPI) recently proposed an airplane design with floor-to-ceiling wraparound screens that make those tiny, frustrating monitors on the back of seats look like child’s play. Also a thing of the past? Windows. The design eliminates windows in order to reduce the overall weight of the plane, thus cutting down on fuel consumption, costs, and carbon emissions. The wraparound screens are a patch for the ensuing claustrophobia that would come from being in a windowless box with hundreds of strangers for hours. The screens won’t be blaring blockbusters and advertisements for snack boxes (we hope); CPI says it plans to use exterior cameras to broadcast real-time footage of what’s going on outside of the plane onto light and pliable OLED screens inside the cabin. So, when you’re flying at just the right altitude during a thunderstorm, you might feel ...

Full article: http://grist.org/business-technology/this-plane-could-low...

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