iPad to become inflight fatcat fun-slab
Strokey delights offered at the front of the plane
The iPad is bound for ever greater heights (etc) as BlueBox Avionics, suppliers of in-flight entertainment kit to the airline industry, has launched an iPad-based system.
"BlueBox Ai" is the name of the system which apparently brings the utility of an iPad together with the company's own security system to manage the devices and content, with one international airline already signed up to deploy in July.
But don't expect to see an iPad gracing the back of the seat in front any time soon: such devices will more likely be found towards the front of the plane, where the back of the seat in front is obscured by one's feet. In the expensive seats the iPad's battery life makes more sense, and BlueBox makes much of the fact that airlines can add their own applications.
The iPad's resemblance to the touchscreen devices used in various vertical markets has attracted a lot of attention, though whether the iPad is tough enough is open to debate. Imagine the feet of the child behind you slamming against an iPad screen every few minutes and you'll start to understand how tough such installations have to be - showering the little blighter in glass might sound like a good idea, but the airlines will feel differently.
But up in First things are much calmer, and it's easy to imagine an iPad tucked in the seat pocket - even if imagining is all we'll ever manage. ®
Nothing wrong with the ipad...just ban the kids from the airplanes, full stop!
Actually - that idea is quite appealing.
And while we're at it, ban them from all parks, cafes, swimming pools, libraries, cinema's etc etc. Anywhere I can see or hear them, basically. I mean, aren't they supposed to holed up in some sweatshop making me a new set of trainers anyway???
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"showering the little blighter in glass might sound like a good idea, but the airlines will feel differently"
Along with Bose I guess
I'll happily sit in economy, not because I can't afford to go first class (although to be fair it'd be a stretch) but because no matter how much money I had I wouldn't like to crap out a fiver a minute to be falsely pandered to by an over made up tanorexic waitress, and get my drink in a glass rather than a beaker. I do smirk when I see people with Bose headphones, sitting in first clas... emperors clothes etc. And even if it is the company paying for it, it's still pissing money up the wall. I was raised not to waste!
As for kids on a plane, at least in economy when I ask kids politely if they could be quiet, more often than not they are quiet. I don't imagine those pretentious little rich shits in first class would be.
£2,000 extra to sit for 7 hours in a bigger seat? No thanks :)