BMW designs the next Business class seat featuring touchpad controls, eye controls, massage system and a lot more

It’s not your average armchair that reclines with a lever on the side of the chair and reaches its eternal purpose. The future business class seats will be like a mind reader that will identify the passenger, preference of food, play their favorite music, run a health check and also recommend when they should be sipping a glass of water. The Thales Group, on the opening day of the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 in Hamburg Thales unveiled its innovative immersive Business Class Seat.

The seat, developed in conjunction with BE Aerospace and design partners BMW Design Works, is a finalist for the Premium Class & VIP category at the 2014 Crystal Cabin Awards, the only international prize for innovations in the field of aircraft cabins. The high-end business seat presents advanced technology innovations like touchpad controls integrated in the seat, Ultra-High Definition (UHD) main display screen, Passenger Control Display, Eye Tracking and Interactive Virtual Landscape Panel, widely regarded as some of the most advanced in the world.

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The concept seat includes Thales SmartPIMs that allow passengers to interface their portable electronic devices with the IFE system, and Smart Device Ignition Wireless Charging. The seat will know you by your connected PDA as the computerized system connects to your social media profiles and identifies your preferences like your favorite movies, what position you like to relax in, a four-zone massage system, food preference.

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The chair also comes with a surround system and visual control system that will let you select movies by looking at on your screen. If you look away to speak to the flight attendant, the player pauses and plays back or if you sleep it will automatically pause it until you wake up.

The vision-recognition technology can even run a health check by just analyzing your face and maybe recommend a medication or glass of water. Not just that it will also tell your eyeglass prescription (Not Kidding!).

The business class seat will undergo testing and Thales expects to roll out the chair

within five years to the flying guests for a sci-fi travel experience.

[Via – Thales-Group]

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