Concept airline seat designed for computer games

By David Flynn, March 31 2011
Concept airline seat designed for computer games

Forget about cramped economy seats with pokey seat-back video screens!

This concept design from seat manufacturer Contour Aerospace and design firm FactoryDesign cradles a made-for-gaming PC laptop in front of a passenger for the ultimate in interactive in-flight entertainment.

The arc holding a cutting-edge laptop (which is obviously modelled after Dell's Alienware systems)is made from composite Kevlar and carbon fibre and curves over the top of a bucket seat to create the feeling of a personal cocoon.

Stereo speakers are integrated into the top edges of the seat, although you'd hope the occupant plugs in a pair of headphones!

The ergonomics may be questionable among hard-core gamers while the economics almost certainly make this a flight of fancy. But isn't that what 99% of concept designs are all about?

The provocatively-titled 'Not For Wimps' seat is intended to "reflect social changes in the way passengers want to spend their time during a flight" says Contour Aerospace, which will demonstrate the seat at next week's Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

For our part, we'd like to see an airline not only embrace the Not For WImps seat but enable network gaming so passengers can go head-to-head with one another.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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