Riwoka

The Concept

The Riwoka explores various types of aircraft interior technologies that could be introduced in the near future on commercial aircraft.

Origin of the Idea

We are currently creating a walk-in VR experience for the 2019 ICAO Innovation Fair so participants can discover future aircraft interiors, and we wanted to share it publicly. One experience will show a first-class section designed for long-haul flights across the world (10 hours or more). Another version will teleport you into a tightly packaged seating section designed for efficient regional flights of less than an hour.

Premium Long Haul Flights

In the premium version, the goal is to help passengers really relax and enjoy their flight, so service is provided by flight attendants who actually know you based on your smart traveller’s preferences. The system uses machine learning to improve service based on current and past experiences from booking to luggage claim. It can detect and predict your moods and emotions to work in combination with flight attendant and airline personnel feedback.

Each chair is aligned beside a huge screen so that passengers can view stunning panoramas as the aircraft flies across the world. The screen displays the curated exterior views of the terrain below, filmed previously at low altitude by drones. The screen could also show live views of the sky or relaxing bird’s eye view clips.

Wall panels are engineered with the latest noise absorbing materials. Noise and vibration cancelling systems would be integrated inside the fuselage near the jet engines, and each passenger would be able to adjust their personal ambient lighting. Finally, hyper-directional speakers could limit sounds around the head of each passenger, eliminating the need for headphones or earplugs.

Holographic projectors could display 3D shows right in front of the passenger. The ticket price would include everything without hidden fees or add-ons, including unlimited high speed Wi-Fi to stream movies on your tablet.

Short Haul Flights

The second version of the Riwoka has been designed for low-cost, super economic, domestic short haul flights. The aircraft cabin is basic in nature but features slick aluminum panels and a robotic Isakwa stewardess which has the ability to serve food and drinks.

The seats on the low-cost Riwoka are inspired by the Skyrider 2.0 by Aviointeriors, which features a ‘standing-up’ seat, allowing a greater number of passengers on board during each flight. To escape the confined spaces for the brief duration of the flight, passengers could use virtual reality goggles. Universal mounts on the back of headrests would also allow passengers to attach their tablets to watch a previously downloaded show.

What It’s Used For

The Riwoka concept covers both extremes of the flight experience from the ultra-premium luxurious version to the low-cost super economic kind. Do you think passengers would be interested in some of the experiences or features mentioned above? Would they be willing to pay for them or endure more confined spaces to save money on transport or reduce their carbon footprint?

Do you have ideas about the future of aviation? If so, contact us so we can share it with the aviation industry and the next generation of travellers!

The Designer

The Riwoka concept was imagined in April 2019. It was designed by Jorge Ciprian, an industrial designer from Argentina. Jorge graduated with a degree in design from the University of Buenos Aires, and he currently works as a freelance designer Jorge also created the Elektra eVTOL regional aircraft and the Ekranoto gliding car.