|To: waitwatchwander who wrote (9390)||5/5/2012 8:34:22 PM|
|From: Maurice Winn||1 Recommendation  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 9417|
|What does this mean? < “Cylindrical is really interesting because it fits the human form factor,” said Vertegaal, who based his PhD studies on video conferencing. > Does he mean the "human shape" or maybe simply "human form"? |
There is the expression "Assume a spherical cow". Perhaps he likes "Assume a cylindrical human".
I agree that the human form fits nicely into the right sized cylinder.
That is part of my new airline which will not have seats, but cylinders stacked floor to ceiling for people to lie down in so they can be really comfortable during night time [and other] journeys. Enjoying quiet and no interruptions.
Each cylinder could be its own little safety capsule too, so that if there's a crash landing, and the plane breaks up and catches fire, the individual tubes will break loose and escape the mess or at least be fire proof long enough for the crash fire crowd to extinguish the flames or for the flames to burn all the fuel. If the plane crashes in the sea, they would float to the surface and be a snug, warm and dry life boat with a Globalstar SPOT distress beacon and internet connection. The SPOT/Globalstar would double as an internet connection in normal use.
Each capsule would have its own in-flight water supply which would be useful in the event of life-boat mode. Plus an aluminium coated helium balloon which would inflate and hover above the capsule for ease of location [and in case nearby boats are not in communication with emergency services but do have radar and a look out].
There could be even be an emergency ejection mechanism so the tubes get fired out into the sky with a parachute deployed like the microlight aircraft. Each tube would have its own porthole so if the blinds were up, it would be a great viewing site.
In regular flight, people could take off from Auckland at 8pm have dinner, have a good night's sleep, and wake up in Singapore/Hong Kong/Shanghai/Tokyo ready for the day [or night, depending on where they land, and when].
It would be VERY popular.
The Europe/North America route would be good too as it's one good night's sleep away. Same for North America to East Asia.
With a Zenbu wifi connection to Cyberspace, and convenient finger food, passengers would have a really good flight. People could travel "open hatch" or closed for privacy and quiet. There could be double bunks which would save space and might sell at quite a premium so people could join the mile-high club in comfort, without nosy people intruding. Sick people could lie down in comfort and receive medical treatment. Al Qaeda members could be forced into them and locked up for the rest of the flight.
Fares could be lowered as many more people could fit on the flight, but the airline would make more profit because the seats would be so desirable other airlines would go out of business. Patent pending...