The goal of the ECT project is to create a lighting system for an airplane cockpit than can be controlled using innovative interfaces: body gestures and touch-sensitive surfaces.
The present project will be implemented in the field of Avionics. In every aircraft cockpit, one of the needs of every pilot is to have a good lighting, whether he is performing a specific task or resting during a flight. This lighting system has obviously evolved in terms of the technology that controls the lights as well as the light sources. Basically to control the lights a pilot has mechanical switches or has to physically interact with the light source interface in order to choose which lights will be on or off.
Light sources have changed also in the last decades, going from common tungsten bulbs, to fluorescent ones. In the last few years LED technology has been introduced in many industries including the aviation industry. Among the benefits of using LEDs as a light source are the savings in electric consumption, long working life and the elimination of heat radiated from the light source. Nowadays the is a newly type of LED called OLED (Organic-LED), which add two main features, they can be produce in different sizes and shape, and also that if they are built as a flat surface, they can radiate light in 180 degrees.
The goal of this project is to use this OLED light sources creating lighting system for an airplane cockpit than can be controlled using innovative interfaces: body gestures and touch-sensitive surfaces. So that the airplane pilot can use his body moments to active a specific light source and also by touching the light source itself.
The purpose of this project was requested by the company ZODIAC AEROSPACE, they have been working with OLEDs inside cockpits and they want to have a new way to interact with them. They want from us to deliver a working prototype that can implement all their requirements, that is the gesture recognition technology and the touch sensitive interface. They expect this prototype by the same time ECE requires this project to be finished.