Flight of the future: UC students, faculty create innovative, internationally recognized technology for Boeing

phys.org | 4/12/2018 | Staff
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Air travel can be a pretty disconnected experience. Often times passengers are left without typical phone and internet capabilities and a limited choice in entertainment options to pass the time. Meanwhile, flight attendants are stretched too thin to cater to the needs of many travelers, from safety instructions to drink orders.

That could all change thanks to research done at the Live Well Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Cincinnati and Procter & Gamble (P&G) that works with industry leaders and UC students and faculty to form multidisciplinary design project teams.

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Developed as part of a semester-long Live Well project, Boeing Onboard is an in-flight concierge service created with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. Using a VR headset, passengers are guided through a variety of options and services throughout their flight with the help of a virtual assistant. Like Alexa or Siri, this system could walk users through the in-flight safety demo, help them order a meal and even make travel arrangements. This VR gear also takes in-flight entertainment to the next level and might even make your seat seem larger.

While Boeing is not quite ready to implement their work, the company has filed a provisional patent on the application. It also submitted the project for the Crystal Cabin Award, the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation. The awards are announced during the Aircraft Interiors Expo, where researchers will present the project April 10-12 in Hamburg, Germany. UC's work made it to the short list of 91 submissions and is now one of 24 finalists for the award.

Live - Well - Collaborative - Craig - Vogel

The Live Well Collaborative was co-founded by Craig Vogel in 2007 in partnership with P&G, which was looking to focus on the underserved 50-70 age range of consumers. Live Well combined Vogel's roles in the College of Design,...
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