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October 1, 2014 AT 2:00 am

Airbus patents in-flight helmet for tuning out other passengers #WearableWednesday

Via gdtsbuzz on youtube.

In an effort to make long flights a more pleasant experience, Airbus has filed a patent for a helmet offering virtual reality sensory isolation.

Air travel isn’t always pleasant, between cramped seats and little legroom it’s hard to bear flights lasting longer than an hour or two.

In order to alleviate these discomforts, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has filed a patent for a virtual reality sensory isolation helmet.

According to the helmet’s inventor, the headgear could reduce stress and help with boredom.

The helmets, which would be integrated into the seat’s head rest, would feature headphones and a screen to view movies on.

Other high-tech features may include a virtual keyboard, which would require wearing motion capture gloves, allowing the passenger to type on an imaginary keyboard on their seat tray.

The helmet would also appeal to the olfactory sense, by releasing smells to make the flight more pleasurable.

By having the eyes, ears and nose distracted by the various features of the helmet, a passenger prone to stress is more likely to relax and enjoy their flight.

Ideally, the helmets would allow its wearer to forget they’re even riding in an airplane.

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1 Comment

  1. A sensory deprivation tank you stick on your head because airlines are attempting to cram as many bodies on a flight as they can. They should just sedate passengers and carry them out on meat carts.

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