Many travellers associate travelling by plane with a noticeable sense of discomfort which is connected with limited possibilities of movement. The pain of legs or back is fairly common among economic class passengers. The usage of smart textile in plane seats could resolve this problem.
Conductive thread and prototype of seat
Layer company can boast of a unique prototype of the seat which was designed for Airbus. The seat was made with special conductive thread that is a key element of the project. Thanks to the thread, determined parts of the seat can be adjusted according to the passenger’s preferences or just automatically up to his weight, size, and movements. It works thanks to electrical currents that pass through the thread. The passenger can make the seat cooler, hotter, firmer or softer. The seat is also synchronized with an app that provides a lot of recommendations for how to get comfortable in their seat. The app also monitors how long passengers are sitting in a contorted position and gives a notification suggesting, for example, to stand up or drink more water.
Seat weight and tray table
New prototypes are lighter than traditional seats as their frames are made of carbon fibres. What is more, seat covers do not need as much foam as before. So if the seats are lighter, it is possible to save more money on fuel. When it comes to saving more space, especially for tall people, the tray table was relocated from horizontal to vertical arrangement. That change can save up to an inch of room. The tables are also modular so there is a possibility to install a screen for in-flight entertainment on more premium flights.
Layer’s prototypes were made with digital knitting techniques that help minimize the number of wastes during the production process. All those adjustments sound promising. Undoubtedly, even the tiniest changes can make a big difference in a long haul flight.