Check out this amazing windowless plane with smart-screen video panels

The future of air travel is windowless. 318 years after the British government introduced the window tax, it seems airlines are taking up the baton, as the planes of the future seek marginal gains in efficiency.

But while those who bricked-up their windows in the 17th Century had to suffer darkness, the 21st Century has the wonder of ultra-light smart-screen technology as an alternative to natural light.

Instead of looking out of the window to check your aeroplane isn’t ditching into the Atlantic, huge smart-screens will relay video from external cameras onto the interior walls of the fuselage. In addition you will be able to use portions of the screen to switch off from the footage and instead watch films, check emails and surf the internet.

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Nightflight. Image via CPI

The concept has been developed by UK organisation the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). The addition of windows to planes adds weight and for every 1% of weight saved there is a direct saving in fuel of 0.75%.

The CPI’s Dr Jon Helliwell said to the Guardian: “We had been speaking to people in aerospace and we understood that there was this need to take weight out of aircraft.

“Follow the logical thought through. Let’s take all the windows out – that’s what they do in cargo aircraft – what are the passengers going to do? If you think about it, it’s only really the people that are sitting next to windows that will suffer.”

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Careful you don’t get jam on the screen. Image via CPI

But the move to transporting people in windowless planes is dependent upon improvements in flexible screens which are currently very expensive and easily damaged.

The CPI is part of a group of organisations that receive funding from the government to develop technological advancements to help boost the manufacturing sector.

The CPI has published a snazzy video of how the concept may look. It does look spectacular.

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