Airbus Shows Off Transparent Jet of the Future

Imaginary jet features bar, video game area
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2011 7:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Someday, Wonder Woman won’t be the only one with an invisible jet. Airbus has been showing the media a virtual “Concept Cabin” of what it imagines its passenger jets will look like in 40 years. The showiest feature: The jets' walls can turn see-through at the touch of a button, giving passengers a stunning view of the sky around them, the Telegraph reports. It also envisions such innovations as “morphing seats” that capture passengers’ body heat and use it to power their entertainment.

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Gone, the engineers imagine, will be the old first class vs. coach distinction—instead, passengers can choose between a “Smart Tech” area where you can communicate with the world below, a “Vitalizing” zone filled with vitamin-enriched air, and the “Interaction” zone in the center, a standing-room area capable of converting from a conference room to a bar to a holodeck-style video game area. And of course, the entire plane will emit less carbon, with an efficient bionic structure inspired by bird bones, according to the Daily Mail. (Read more Airbus stories.)

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