British Airways to introduce a new perk for first-class passengers – VR headsets


Why should just gamers have all the fun! Travelers should too… especially if they are on long-haul flights and have a thing or two against the slightest bit of turbulence. Another airline jumps the wagon to introduce virtual reality (VR) technology for its passengers, and as has been the trend, specifically for its first-class clientele.

The airlines have announced that they are going to be testing VR entertainment on select first-class flights from London’s Heathrow to New York’s John F Kennedy airport. Three variants of formats are being tried out – 2D, 3D, and 360 degrees, and will feature movies, documentaries and TV shows. Also, in line with certain health institutions, the airline is planning to introduce this technology to help sooth traveler panic woes with the addition of therapeutic programs that will include meditation and sound therapy videos.

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British Airways follows in step with Qantas, Alaska Airlines, Lufthansa and one of the first, Japan Airlines. The air was probably the one place where the real hand of the virtual world hadn’t found a home, but why spare them? It wouldn’t be too long before this technology slips out into the aisles of the economy class and allow some new technology to intervene in the luxury classes. Maybe hologram calls to your loved ones? Who can say?

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[Via:Slashgear]