Technology has impacted our society greatly. We’ve been able to improve our daily lives tenfold through the use and implementation of new and advanced technology. The aviation industry has seen dramatic improvements and innovations since its creation. Engines are more energy efficient, airplanes can now, in essence, fly themselves and flights are safer than ever before thanks to new technologies. Now, airlines are looking to use tech to make the customer experience as comfortable as possible.
Virtual reality has been around for quite some time, but it has seen a surge in popularity in recent years as multiple industries take advantage of advanced tech. In short, virtual reality is a simulated environment through the use of some form of apparatus, usually a set of goggles. The technology is commonly used in the gaming and mobile phone industries, however, it is seeing high adoption rates in various other industries.
According to recent reports, Alaska Airlines is looking to take the technology and use it to offer travelers a new and unique experience. The airline will be offering virtual reality headsets to first-class passengers flying the Seattle-Boston and Boston-San Diego routes. These headsets will offer passengers the ability to view their in-flight movies in a virtual, 360-degree space, offering for a seamless entertainment experience. Travelers can also opt out of the 360-degree view and go with a traditional 2D angle. Produced by airline VR company, Skylights, the Allosky headset features high-definition viewing for both eyes and is powered by the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (a series of processors found in most modern smartphones).
Through its various partnerships with major Hollywood studios, Skylights offers many modern films, such as Ready Player One and Ferdinand. What’s more, the Allosky headset can also play passengers’ pre-existing content, meaning you can experience your own videos in virtual reality.
This isn’t the first time that an airline has utilized the emerging technology to entertain its guests. Qantas had dabbled in VR, offering Samsung’s headsets to some travelers; Air France and Corsair have also looked into the Allosky headset.
Flying can be a stressful situation for some. The airline industry is always looking for new ways to ease travelers’ concerns and offer relaxation, and if virtual reality technology can do that, then I’m all for it.