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  • Airplanes are not all that different from the tall blue police boxes out therethey use psychology,

  • design and research to make you think: it's totally bigger on the inside!

  • Early jet airplanes like this 707 had interiors designed for comfort, but based on research,

  • psychology, and designtoday's airplanes consider comfort and a lot more.

  • We visited Boeing's Customer Experience Center in Washington state to see how they conceptualize

  • a space, that's essentially a flying tube -- into something more!

  • When you're flying in an airplane, one of the needs you have is really to be quite connected to the sky.

  • So, there's many ways that you can have that manifest in your designs.

  • That's Blake Emery, he's the Director of Differentiation Strategy for Boeing.

  • in the airplanes that we're creating now, we're moving the windows to a different place.

  • We're making them larger.

  • So now, if you look around this airplane, as an example, 787 Dreamliner, it doesn't

  • really matter where you're sitting, you have access to a window.

  • You can look out the window.

  • Therefore, you have connection to the sky.

  • Something as simple as reminding people they're skybound makes people more comfortable -- surprisingly,

  • even if you're afraid of flying.

  • A 2005 study done for the European Space Agency, found living in confined spaces can cause

  • strain, unless there's a window

  • It's somewhat counterintuitive, but the idea of having the windows accessible to everyone

  • actually can help relieve some of that fear.

  • Because a lot of that fear is actually related to the claustrophobic aspect of it.

  • When Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961 his spacecraft -- Vostok 1 had

  • a window!

  • It turns out, that was one of the most powerful parts of that flight.

  • For some reason, humans need to see the outside.

  • While airplanes can feel small they are actually quite large.

  • A Boeing 747, has

  • over 31,000 cubic feet (876m3) of space, larger than the area of a six bedroom house.

  • Imagine 400 people in a six bedroom house.

  • It would feel crazy crowded.

  • To make a space that size feel livable for hundreds of passengers involves a lot of psychological

  • "techniques," as Dr Rachelle Ornan-Stone says...

  • A lot of it has to do with perception...

  • So something that I've been completely fascinated by is visual perception, um, so tricks of

  • the eye, if you will.

  • Dr. Ornan-Stone works in Cabin Experience at Boeing; she helps design the parts of the

  • plane that people interact with.

  • So, she's always thinking about how we use the space in an airplane.

  • we've looked at the correlation between satisfaction ratings of passengers with the width of the cabin

  • at 50 inches above the floor.

  • Why 50 inches?

  • Because when you're seated in an airplane, your eye line is about 50 inches from the floor.

  • So, the engineers made that, the widest part of the airplane's cabin.

  • We also use light as a really interesting way of drawing the eye to the locations that

  • we want people to, to look at.

  • we think about all these subtle ways to affect emotion.everyone appreciates a change of scenery

  • once in awhile and when you're on a really long flight, um, to match lighting to the

  • activity that's going on is really important and it marks parts of the journey for the

  • passengers as well.

  • When you enter a confined space like an airplane cabin, engineers and designers use light and

  • structure to draw your eye upward.

  • But that's not all the lighting is forthey can actually make these colors do anything.

  • Now, if an airline wants to do something different or something wild, or have rainbows or have,

  • you know, crazy light shows, or something like that, uh, that's fine too.

  • But you take something, you know, dynamic like an Aurora Borealis, okay, I mean that's

  • something that's moving, it's beautiful, um, and at the same time, it's still sky.

  • And these are just a few of their techniques.

  • See those indentations around the windows?

  • They draw the eye toward the window, so you can see outside, it psychologically makes

  • your brain feel the space is larger.

  • They even designed the overhead bins to move up and get out of the way adding to the visual space...

  • You have all the stuff up and out of the way and you have this beautiful light that draws

  • your eye up and, and above.

  • We know that from perceptual research, a well-lit interior always looks more spacious.

  • As airplanes get more efficient and can stay in the air longer, it's important to make

  • the airplane feel more comfortable.

  • Even making see-through curtains and barriers can help you feel like you're in a bigger space.

  • I love it when science is truly practical.

  • Thanks for watching DNews everybody, for more about 100 years of Boeing Innovation go to

  • TheAgeOfAerospace.com.

  • And if you want to know how they built these airplanes... we went to the factory!

  • You can watch that video, here.

  • Make sure you subscribe so you get all the episode of DNews that we got coming at you.

  • Also, let us know down in the comments, what was your most memorable flight experience?

  • Thanks for tuning in.

  • We'll see you next time.

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