Saturday, 20 August 2011

Brave New World of Travel

Paris' Orly airport recently began experimenting with "virtual" boarding agents, similar to holograms, earlier this month. The 'pilot' project has so far been met with a mix of amusement and surprise by travellers, who frequently try to touch and speak with the strikingly life-like video images that greet them and direct them to their boarding gate. 

The images materialize seemingly out of thin air when a boarding agent — a real live human — presses a button to signal the start of boarding. They are actually being rear-projected onto a human shaped silhouette made of plexiglass. Three actual airport boarding agents were filmed in a studio to create the illusion, which the airport hopes will be more eye-catching and easier for passengers to understand than traditional electronic display terminals.

Keep watching the Skies, Pete

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