- Category: Miscellaneous
- Written by Chris McCart
Alongside all the expected 4K televisions, camcorders, and cameras at Panasonic’s CES 2015 booth, the company showed off something less expected: four airplane coach seats. But they were far from ordinary. Those who had the chance to sit in one and rest their feet were actually experiencing a next-generation cabin of economy class seats that could redefine what it means to fly “cattle class.”
Embedded in the back of the soft leather seats is the next version of Panasonic’s X Series inflight entertainment (IFE) system. At first glance, the seats, which Panasonic calls Jazz Seats, look like those in any ordinary economy class cabin. But sit in one, and you’ll notice the difference from what you may have flown recently: touch-capable monitors are large (13.3 inches to be exact) and bright, with great viewing angles; there are multiple input and output ports for HDMI and USB; high-definition audio is pumped through USB or a magnetic headphone jack; and an inductive charging pad can recharge supported devices sans wires. And that’s just what’s noticeable.