Are these the airline seats of the future? New chairs will allow passengers to control their comfort using their PHONE (and they’ll even tell flyers when they need water)
- The seating concept, called Move, has been designed for economy cabins on short to mid-haul Airbus aircraft
- Its use smart textiles to allow passengers to monitor and control seat tension, pressure and even temperature
- Seats also automatically adapt to a passenger’s weight and be put into modes such as ‘massage’ or ‘sleep’
Travelling for long distances cramped in the economy cabin of a plane can often be an uncomfortable experience.
But a British-based designer has come up with a concept for a new airline seat, where passengers can control the comfort of the chair, including its shape and temperature, using their mobile phone.
Benjamin Hubert, of London-based design agency Layer, has created the economy class seating, called Move, that could be used on short to mid-haul Airbus aircraft, and it will even tell passengers when they need to drink water.
The new concept for airline seats designed by British-based designer Benjamin Hubert, from the Layer design agency. Passengers can control the comfort of the chair, including its shape and temperature, using their mobile phone
Each seat back also has a central island, containing the tray table, an optional in-flight entertainment system, and a small pocket for storage
The seats will use smart textiles, that allow passengers to monitor and control factors such as seat tension, pressure and temperature through an app on their smartphone that works in flight mode.
The chairs will also automatically adapt to adjust to a passenger’s weight and size and can be put into different modes such as ‘massage’, ‘mealtime’ or ‘sleep’.
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And they will even monitor a passenger’s movement and temperature and send an alert to their smartphone when they need to move around more or drink water.
However, one thing flyers won’t be able to do is recline their seat as the position of the chairs are fixed.
Each seat back also has a central island, containing the tray table, an optional in-flight entertainment system, and a small pocket for storage of personal items and small digital devices.
The chairs will also automatically adapt to adjust to a passenger’s weight and size and be put into different modes such as ‘massage’, ‘mealtime’ or ‘sleep’
The tray table can also rotate out to provide a half-size table as well as folding out to its full-size and is height adjustable
The safety card information is printed on the reverse of the tray table, which can be stowed vertically.
The tray table can also rotate out to provide a half-size table as well as folding out to its full-size and is height adjustable.
Laptop storage is located between the seats, which offers a secure place to store devices during take-off and landing and more leg room during the flight.
And what’s more is that the app will notify passengers if they have left a device in the pocket after landing through pressure sensitive-yarn.
The prototype seats are also said to be much lighter than most designs as they use carbon fibre and require less foam.
One thing flyers won’t be able to do is recline their seat as the position of the chairs are fixed.
The seats will tune in to a app that passengers can download on to their phones. It will send alerts telling them when they need to exercise and drink water
That means the aircraft will be lighter and might not need as much fuel to fly – making it cheaper for carriers.
Designer Mr Hubert said: ‘At Layer, we believe good design should be accessible to all. All too often, new concepts for flying are focused on innovation in business class.
‘We were excited to take on this project with Airbus to find ways to improve and add value to the economy class experience – for both the passenger and the airline.’
- Images shown with the consent of Airbus
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