Mixed Reality In-flight Passenger Kit
The future of airline travel
15min provotype exploring the future of airline travel
In a future course exercise, we explored the future of airline travel. After speculating various futures, we focused on one and ideated an artifact from this future experience.
Design fiction synopsis
In a near future, air flights become the destination. A future airline redesigns its plans to accommodate the Mixed Reality Explorer Programme—mixed reality inflight conferences, where the flight is the conference, where passengers can mingle with in-person attendees and other virtual passengers represented by MR avatars.
A prototype from this—made in 15 minutes and with items laying around the house—is the Mixed Reality In-flight Passenger Kit, allowing passengers to interact safely with a mixed reality enhance in-flight experience.
MR In-flight Kit
MR Glasses and Haptic Gloves
About the conents
- MR Glasses and Haptic gloves—the glasses could be a bendable sheath display that slides over a passenger’s own glasses, and the haptic gloves give physical sensations to enhance the Mixed Reality experience.
- Companion device—in a closed environment of a plane, voice interaction wouldn’t be ideal, and passengers raising their arms to tap their glasses could also cause disruption, so a discreet hand-held device could be a more suitable interaction method.
- Focusing on close visuals can strain the eyes, so eye drops are included to assist with relieving any exertion
- Moving and realism in Mixed Reality experiences can cause discombobulation and nausea in some users, so a gentle anti-nausea, restablising medication is included
Guerilla prototyping, using items lying around the house.