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Future Scouting…

Airline Travel

How might advanced mixed reality enhance airline travel?

15min Guerilla Provotyping

In a futuring course exercise, we explored the future of airline travel through an inflight care pack.

After speculating various futures, we focused on one and ideated an artifact from this future experience using items laying around the house.

The design fiction

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 In-flight Kit

Open MR in-flight kit showing contents

Kit contents

1. MR Glasses and Haptic Gloves

MR Glasses and Haptic Gloves

2. MR Companion Device

Companion control

3. MR Eye Care

Eye care

4. Stabilising tablets


MR In-flight Kit
MR In-flight Kit
Future of Airline Travel
Open MR In-flight Kit Showing Contents
MR In-flight Kit
1. MR Glasses And Haptic Gloves
MR Glasses and Haptic Gloves
2. MR Companion Device
MR eyewear companion device
3. MR Eye Care
MR eye drops
4. Stabilising Tablets
MR Anti-nausea tablets
MR In-flight KitOpen MR In-flight Kit Showing Contents1. MR Glasses And Haptic Gloves2. MR Companion Device3. MR Eye Care4. Stabilising Tablets

About the conents


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Focusing on close visuals can strain the eyes, so eye drops are included to assist with relieving any exertion
  4. Moving and realism in Mixed Reality experiences can cause discombobulation and nausea in some users, so a gentle anti-nausea, restablising medication is included


Future Scouting aims to champion values during futuring to ensure we are always fostering our preferred futures.

The values championed through this scouting were:



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