HAMBURG, GERMANY—Have you ever fought for a window seat when flying, only to be assaulted by a nuclear-bright sun for the entire trip?
Sure, you can lower the blind, but that accentuates the spam-in-a-can feeling on regional flights and, lets face it, what’s the point of having the window seat if you need to do that?
Now imagine simply tapping the window to instantly adjust it to whatever tint you wanted.
It doesn’t end there: what if that window is not only self-powered, but can also charge your smart phone, tablet or other electronic devices while you are flying?
All this and more is possible, and the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, electronically dimmable aircraft windows using SPD-Smart light control film technology—the same technology currently used in homes, offices, museums, yachts and in thousands of Mercedes-Benz cars—is showing us how.
SPD-Smart aircraft windows were shown by various companies, and this technology dominated the electronically dimmable window (EDW) category at the show. If you were not able to visit the largest aircraft interiors show in the world to see these products in action, please enjoy this video.
Check out this short video from the show floor: