Mixed Reality Inflight Pack
How might mixed reality enhance airline travel?
In a futuring course exercise, we explored the future of airline travel by speculating on various futures of airline travel experiences impacted by future technology.
The future scenario
In the 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.
the DESIGN FICTION
A Mixed Reality In-flight Care Pack
We took today’s inflight care pack concept and speculated a version impacted by mixed reality
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IN-flight care pack CONTENTS
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 enhanced in-flight experience.
- 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 for a long time 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, re-stabilising medication is included