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Gesture-controlled windows improves air passenger experience

Posted: 16 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Vision Systems? electronically dimmable window? gesture? airline?

Research Frontiers' licensee Vision Systems has announced an improvement to its SPD-Smart Electronically Dimmable Window (EDW) systems. According to the company, the solution allows passengers to use gestures, much like those used to operate a smartphone, to control the tint of their aircraft windows, but without ever having to touch the window or any other aircraft interior component.

Vision Systems' SPD-Smart EDWs claim to provide unprecedented passenger benefits for aircraft of all types. By enabling users to precisely control the amount of daylight and glare coming through windows, passengers can tune the tint to a comfortable level while continuing to enjoy views, rather than blocking their view with a shade. The system delivers many other practical benefits including a cooler cabin due to remarkable thermal insulation properties, and a quieter cabin due to acoustic insulation properties. For aircraft operators and designers, it also promotes a cleaner cabin environment, a sleeker cabin interior look, and saves weight as well as cleaning time and expenses.

SPD-Smart EDWs

Nuance SPD-Smart electronically dimmable windows

With touch-free hand gestures, simply moving your hand from side-to-side or up-and-down in front of the window, Nuance Touchless SPD-Smart EDW control options include instantly and precisely selecting the tint level of the entire window, or controlling the amount of light coming through different zones of the window, from top to bottom.

The comfort and benefits a Vision Systems' SPD-Smart EDW cabin system delivers extends to all commercial airline passengers; it is not just for those with window seats. Cabin-wide control of the amount of light and glare entering the cabin improves the flying experience for everyone, even those seated in the middle section of a two-aisle wide-body aircraft. Passenger experience benefits include greater daylighting, enhanced views and a more open feeling resulting in greater perceived space. The management and "harvesting" of healthy daylighting instantly transforms the cabin, and synergistically complements other commercial airline cabin systems, such as interior mood lighting systems and in-flight entertainment systems, for an unequalled passenger experience, indicated the company.

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