Airbus has patented a 'smart window' concept which might one day grace the pointy end of its most advanced commercial airliners.
The windows would double as interactive touchscreens through which passengers could identify landmarks ranging from cities on the distant ground below through to local eye-catchers such as the London Eye on approach to Heathrow – and, with the tap of the window, call forth a trove of Wikipedia-style information about that sighting.
The smart windows were first advanced as part of the ambitious Airbus 2050 Concept Plane project which could make the A380 superjumbo look like a box glider.
The Jetson-esque plane included not just panoramic windows but a see-through roof...
... to make it less like the cabin of a conventional jet and more like something from a futuristic alternative-reality Zeppelin
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