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Seat. Based on the original Hawk platform, the Smart Seat features
integrated wireless streaming and a tablet IFE system, AC and USB
power, as well as enhanced comfort through pressure mapping and
SleeperTech’s entry is its Sleeper Seat for Economy/Premium
Economy, which provides greater backrest recline angles than other
seats, thus providing more comfortable sleeping and resting positions,
according to the company. The base of the cushioned inner backrest
moves forward from the back of the seat whilst lowering to provide
both back and lumbar support at any selected recline position.
If it’s innovation in design that the judges want, Molon Labe Seat-
ing could well be a winner with its Stagger Seat. Molon Labe has
teamed up with BMW Designworks and Panasonic Avionics on the
new reclining, long-haul Economy Class seat. Based on the design
of Molon Labe’s original Side-Slip Seat, the Stagger Seat offsets
the middle seat vertically and fore/aft to provide more living space.
Another innovative design comes from Hamburg University of
Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) in the form of the StepSeat
concept, which raises the seat further from the floor to provide
stowage underneath, eliminating the need for overhead stowage
and creating more space in the cabin. The seat also features an
integrated step that allows you to rest your feet when seated. Other
entries from HAW Hamburg include the Comfortmax seat, aimed at
improving the comfort of tall people through optimised geometry
of the backrest and its fairing, while its Cabin Crew Lair provides a
rest area on narrowbody aircraft.
In the Business and First Class seating arena, Jamco has entered
its Villa seat, which provides a flexible space, including a sofa, while
more future-looking entries include Reutlingen University’s Visionair
2040, which comprise honeycomb-structured sleeping cabins for
long-haul Economy Class.
Autonomous University of Baja California, meanwhile, has de-
signed a new baby seat — the Baby Seat U — which mounts on an
aircraft seat, while Bishop is proposing a new half-inch seat rail that
allows cabin space to be optimised, including the ability to install
one extra passenger seat row.
Seat cushions, pillows and armrests also feature. Seat cushions
come from Studio Moderna with its lightweight seat cushion made
from Octaspring foam springs, delivering weight and fuel savings,
and reducing pressure points through the springs’ ability to move
three-dimensionally, while B/E Aerospace’s Project Somna uses
closed cell foam instead of open cell to deliver cushion longevity as
well as reducing the effects of body heat on foam.
A new armrest design from MLi, the Armrest 2020, provides greater
comfort and sharing through its three-split design comprising a lower
level, a mid-sloped level and a top level. The armrest features integrat-
ed touch pads, USB and headphone ports and a track wheel to control
the IFE. The armrest has a tapered design providing more arm room.
HAECO Cabin Solutions’ Arc Headrest seamlessly cradles the
head from ear-to-ear using a dual, articulating panel system that
supports a neutral resting position, reduces head movement and
allows passengers to sleep. Meanwhile, Hairy Turtle’s FaceCradle
travel pillow splits a neck pillow in two to support your neck, head
and chest by attaching a harness support and anchoring it around
a winged headrest or seat back. It can be adjusted to different con-
figurations. Axing’s Asleep Mask, meanwhile, looks like a traditional
sleep mask, but a rubber band attached to the headrest and mask
keeps the passenger ’s head in a perfect and stable position.
In-flight entertainment, connectivity and electrical initiatives also
feature strongly. Wireless IFE solutions include Global Eagle En-
tertainment’s Airtime Portal that delivers content, connectivity and
digital media services to passengers’ personal devices, and Immfly’s
wireless solution, which also allows passengers to access content on-
board via their own devices while Airtango’s Living Networks offers
passenger content tailored to their needs. Axinom is on the shortlist
with its Content Delivery System for passenger and crew content
and services delivered over cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite or USB/SSD links.
Lufthansa Technik’s niceview Mobile moving map, which allows
passengers to track their flights in 3D on their own devices, pre-
viously only available on VIP aircraft, makes the grade, as does
Astronics PGA Avionics’ Philea in-seat USB charging device and
reading light. IFPL’s Nexus Integrated Seat Arm seamlessly blends
passenger connectivity, power supply unit and audio functions into
the arm of the seat.
Every part of the cabin is becoming “smart”, with In2tec making the
shortlist with its In2sense Smart Office, which is a multi-functional
tray table that features a “touchsense secret-until-lit keyboard”.
When a passenger connects through Bluetooth, the keyboard is
ready to use and illuminated. The tray table is as robust as any
traditional tray table, says In2tec.
Aircraft windows have also become smart, with Vision Systems’
Smart-Info Window delivering information to passengers, including
travel information, and allowing them to interact through a touch-
screen, including ordering snacks and drinks.
Seats are also smart, with Diehl Aerospace’s Smart Wireless
Seat Monitoring System capable of collecting seat status infor-
mation — occupation, position and seatbelt position — as well as
alerting passengers if they have left something in the seat pocket,
while Delft University of Technology’s Revitalisation System uses a
smart textile module to turn the aircraft seat into a game controller,
encouraging the passenger to move throughout the flight by playing
games while seated.
Airbus’s Wireless Avionics Intra-Communications entry, mean-
while, involves short-range radio communication on an aircraft
that will support applications including smoke detectors, sensors
to monitor cabin air pressure, fuel tank levels, humidity, corrosion,
structural health monitoring or electromagnetic interference.
There aren’t as many lighting innovations featured this year, with
◀ Qantas is one of a number of airline entries, hoping its new
Business Suite, with its world first seat recline from take-off to
landing, is a winner.
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