Oh, this is cool!
Courtesy of PC Magazine:
Hate making small talk when you’re on an airplane? Alaska Airlines is trialing a new perk that can help you shut out the real world: virtual reality.
First-class passengers onboard 10 flights between Boston and Seattle and Boston and San Diego will have the opportunity to try a new virtual reality headset from French in-flight entertainment company SkyLights and provide feedback about the experience, Alaska Airlines announced Monday.
The trial kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 23 and runs through Thursday, Sept. 27.
Forget trying to pay attention to that small seatback monitor as jet engines and crying babies blare in the background. “Wearing the headset is comparable to having a personal movie screen in front of you,” the airline said. “When paired with noise-canceling headphones, it’s easy to feel like you’re at the movie theater instead of flying.”
I have probably shared on IM before that I really hate to fly.
It is not that I have any fear of flying, it’s just that the whole experience is so claustrophobic and frustrating.
Especially since flights out of Alaska are rarely less than six or seven hours. And that is if you are lucky.
However, if I could sit in my seat while also wearing a VR headset which made it feel as if I were someplace completely different, perhaps in a movie theater, or exploring a rainforest, or walking through Parisian streets, the entire experience might actually be something to which I would look forward.
I actually have the Playstation VR headset and it is really a lot of fun and makes the time fly past.
So I am confident that this new technology, used properly, could make flying fun again.