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05-17-2010, 05:08 PM #1
Newest iPad Peripheral: an Airplane
Like any new product, the iPad in its initial stages is being put to uses the manufacturers may never had intended. We've seen it as a car stereo, as a medical records system... even a skateboard deck. The latest application may not be entirely far-fetched, but it may also end up becoming the first way many people ever come into contact with an iPad: as entertainment on long airline flights.
BlueBox Avionics, a UK company that puts together portable inflight entertainment (IFE) solutions for airlines, has announced bluebox Ai, an iPad-based secure wireless system for commercial jets. The iPads would come pre-loaded with apps and would be able to screen new-release movies and TV shows that aren't yet available on DVD or streamable - what the company calls "early-window IFE content" - that airlines are licensed to show their passengers. The key piece seems to be the BlueBox "proprietary security solution" that would let the system multicast on-demand content without the risk that it would be pirated.
This sounds like it would be a pretty impressive service that airlines could offer to get more media-savvy customers, much like how JetBlue offers DirectTV in the US, or how Virgin America touts their WiFi. But some observers are skeptical. Emerging media consultant Steven Frischling told Air Transport Intelligence that he wonders whether airlines are going to "want to deploy a non-rugged, all-glass screen device that is known to torque and crack on impact to [their] passengers." Ow.
image via BlueBox Avionics
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05-17-2010, 05:16 PM #2
that would be awesome
05-17-2010, 05:17 PM #3
05-17-2010, 05:20 PM #4
name the airline, and i'll fly itName? whereswaldo
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05-17-2010, 05:27 PM #5
I could see this working more in terms of a BYO solution where content would be streamed to passenger's personal iPads.
05-17-2010, 05:49 PM #6
never will happen... they don't even let paying customers bring shampoo onto an airplane, much less let people have ipads so terrorists can ruin **** again...
"Remember when it was legal to masturbate on an airplane?...Thanks a lot Osama." -Allan, THE HANGOVER
05-17-2010, 05:50 PM #7
It is a great idea but can you imagine what the airlines will charge to use one of these on the a flight? Or what they will charge if you were to break it.
05-17-2010, 05:59 PM #8
@Pitbull2o08 as much as I love that quote, that might if been the stupidest comments I've ever seen, they let people use their own ipad on planes so if the airline supplied them u could definatly use them
05-17-2010, 06:35 PM #9
"It's not illegal, It's frowned upon, Like Masturbating on an airplane.
I'm pretty sure that's illegal to...
Well yea, after 9-11 when everybody got all touchy, Thanks a lot bin Ladden..."
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05-18-2010, 02:12 AM #10
cool~i like this name "airplane", doesn't mean fly? and i bet with these apps, it can be fly! here is the list my apps in my ipad, enjoy~
iBooks- an amazing way to download and read books
Bento- easily customized to organize virtually any type of information, for me, useful database.
ABC Player- One more way to watch favorite ABC shows anywhere, any time.
WinX DVD to iPad ripper- play dvd to ipad, iphone and other portable device.
Adobe Ideas- digital sketchbook, capture and explore ideas anywhere
IMDb- the largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information
05-18-2010, 02:42 AM #11
Unless the iPads are somehow mounted onto the back of the seats for passengers to use while on the air...?
05-18-2010, 07:47 AM #12
Computers have really been overdue for being put in cars and airplanes. Cars are sorta there with HDs that store music, but not completely. Yeah they'd be more of a distraction but there'd be a lot more advantages that would come with it. Airplanes make more sense for having computers. Businessmen would obviously use them. I guess the iPad is close enough...
05-18-2010, 08:10 AM #13
that's going to be an expensive flight considering they're charging for luggage...lol. I see the possiblity of more like tapping into a secured WiFi with your mobile device and paying a fee...then having access to the full line of services. That's more believable.....but an iPad for each passenger? you're easily talking a $100,000 price tag for something that's going to be lugged around.
05-18-2010, 02:14 PM #14
BlueBox Avionics, a UK company that puts together portable inflight entertainment announced bluebox Ai,
But some observers are skeptical. Emerging media consultant Steven Frischling that he wonders whether airlines are going to "want to deploy a non-rugged, all-glass screen device that is known to torque and crack on impact to [their] passengers." Ow.
I think they say its was a bluebox, probably the ipad its gona be inside of the box maybe to prevent that on the impact the ipad glass get stuck in your eyes or cut your throat. or that somebody stealit anyhow ithings are gona be every where and they gona take over the worldCommon Sense Its Not So Common
05-18-2010, 03:14 PM #15
sweet, coming to an UK airline
05-18-2010, 05:10 PM #16
Some airlines (I know of United for sure) have been providing Archos media players to its Business Class customers for a few years now:
When these Archos came out they were like $500-600 so I think it would be feasible to provide iPads these days, especially with the on-board wifi.