Posted on: 29 January 2015 by Ross McSweeny
In this in-depth look at one of the submissions for the 2015 Crystal Cabin Awards, Inflight-Online.com talks to Alexandra Moceri, who designed the ‘Escape’ visor concept to enhance in-flight entertainment (IFE) and passenger experience.
Moceri was encouraged to submit an entry for the awards by her mentors B/E Aerospace, with whom she undertook an internship in the research and design department during summer 2014.
“Their guidance influenced my entry in that I learned a great deal about efficiency and elegance of interior aircraft design, while also keeping an eye toward the practical considerations involved like weight, accessibility and function,” Moceri explains. “After returning to Michigan following the completion of my internship, I began developing concepts and I came to the idea of the Escape concept.” So what is the Escape concept? Moceri says, “It rests flush against the top of each headrest and the controls are imbedded in the armrest, allowing for a slimmer seatback. When a passenger wants to use it, they simply pull the visor down, adjust it for comfort, and select the mode they want to experience. The touchpads on the armrests lets users navigate through the entertainment options.”Moceri specifies that these different modes include “gaming, movies, music (using either the passenger’s own playlists or one provided on-board), specialised lighting for reading and a dimming function. There also would be a separate air-flow within each visor”.Conscious of weight, Moceri states, “As a designer, my goal would be for it to weigh less than 16 ounces.”When Inflight-Online.com asked Moceri how she felt her ‘Escape’ concept compared with the ‘IFE helmet’ concept Airbus patented towards the end of 2014, she was armed with intelligent responses: “My concept rests on the top of the headrest so that it can be placed out of the way when not in use. The Escape visor offers more range of motion, in that it would be able to stop above a passenger’s head at an angle to expose a reading light and that would not invade the space of other flyers. It also does not cover their entire heads, which would also be easier to keep clean.” Food for thought, Airbus?
Although it’s only a design concept, Moceri already has plans to continue refining the details and creating its user interface, whilst completing her studies as a product design student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.