Our project, Coach Comfort, is a simple way to provide a better atmosphere in coach seating on a plane. More specifically, our project acts as a headrest that doubles as a tray table that folds down. Coach Comfort also offers the passenger a good amount of privacy while flying, which is something that is quite hard to come by nowadays, especially on airplanes. Our project keeps things simple but effecient in common problems such as; space, comfort, and accessability.
The main problem that Coach Comfort solves is actaully quite a well-known one. About 1.3 million people fly in coach class seats in the United States everyday, and almost every passenger knows the discomfort of sitting in coach seating. The passenger lacks leg room, a place to rest their head, and any sort of privacy. We decided that the most prominent problem out of these were the lack of a headrest and the lack of privacy. Our project easily fixes both of these problems in one simple motion. The conveniently placed head rest doubles as a wall for privacy and an easilly accessable tray table, which folds up and down swiftly, that also has a lock to keep it upright when the passenger is using it as a headrest..
Coach Comfort is a very important project because it fixes a problem that is well known around the world. It is only the beggining of what could be countless numbers of innovations that change the way we fly in the future. Part of the reason that this innivative idea doesn't already exist is that it seems like an impossible task to take on, escpecially considering the limited space in coach. We though of another innovation for coach which includes a small drawer under your seat that you could put larger personal belongings, like a backpack. This would provide more leg room, more comfort, and a more visually appealing area. In a world where everyone is flying and the ability to travel fast is becoming more important, shouldn't we be able to add in more comfort?
Peter: If we were to take this project further and actually implement it into airplanes some serious reconstruction would need to be done on what we currently have. When making this our main objective was to create a well-made prototype that allowed people to see the movement and overall concept of our idea. The final product would have to be reshaped, resurfaced with different materials, and encase the electronics for tv controls.