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Boeing 787 Gets Android Entertainment System

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According to Australian Business Traveller all 787s that are being produced - Boeing has 820 orders - as well as aircraft that are being ordered in the foreseeable future will only be available with Android systems from Panasonic or Thales. Airlines have fewer choices to furnish their planes than usual as Boeing only offers very specific equipment to streamline production and cost - which almost sounds a bit silly given the average cost of about $216 million per plane.

The report states that the new touchscreen panels that make their way into 787 are seven to 17 inches in size and have wider viewing angles than the screens in aircraft today. First class and business class screens will not support touch, but feature gesture controls as the screens are too far away from the viewer to be comfortably used via touch, Boeing told Australian Business Traveller.

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    beardguy , September 16, 2011 5:09 PM
    Netflix streaming provided by Delta ... only 9.99 per movie.

    Angry Birds ... $1 per game.
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    icepick314 , September 16, 2011 5:09 PM
    wouldn't it be easier to just hand them a tablet instead of having gesture control?
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    beardguy , September 16, 2011 5:14 PM
    icepick314wouldn't it be easier to just hand them a tablet instead of having gesture control?


    I think they would get damaged pretty fast ... unless they had some serious armor.
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    jn77 , September 16, 2011 5:29 PM
    Why is this news? I would think that something like this is expected. What I would find more interesting is car entertainment systems. Look at it like this. It still costs about $500 for a head unit with a dvd player for your car.

    My EVO 4G is cheaper than that head unit and does more than that head unit, the EVO has HDMI for multi channel audio as well as HD Video and I can get a $19 DVD player if I really want to use DVD's but it is easier to throw any music or videos you want on a 32gb or now 64gb Micro SDHC Card in the phone.

    Just need an easy way to get 7 channel audio into the after market amp in the car.
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    drwho1 , September 16, 2011 5:38 PM
    I would only care if airlines would STOP charging for luggage and drop their over-priced air fares.
    Supposedly that's because "they are not making enough money", yet they order 820 planes at $216 million dollars.... and they don't have money?

    Something is wrong with that picture.
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    70camaross396 , September 16, 2011 5:42 PM
    I am Just waiting for the headline.... Microsoft sueing Boing over android IP infringments.
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    rosen380 , September 16, 2011 5:55 PM
    JN77My EVO 4G is cheaper than that head unit...


    Being fair--
    On Tiger Direct, I can buy a DVD head unit for under $200 with a 7" touch screen display. On the two most expensive ones they carry [of 56] are over $452.

    Your EVO, without it's subsidizing contract costs how much? $600+? It only costs less to the consumer [for the hardware/OS] because you are tacking on atleast two years of service with expensive phone and data plans.
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    genghiskron , September 16, 2011 5:55 PM
    i just cant wait for some little kid to play fruit ninja on the back of my seat
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    rosen380 , September 16, 2011 6:00 PM
    drwho1I would only care if airlines would STOP charging for luggage and drop their over-priced air fares.Supposedly that's because "they are not making enough money", yet they order 820 planes at $216 million dollars.... and they don't have money?Something is wrong with that picture.

    70camaross396I am Just waiting for the headline.... Microsoft sueing Boing over android IP infringments.


    From what I can tell online, there are about 10000 commercial flights in the air, world wide, at any given time. If there is one plane on the ground boarding, refueling, etc for every one in the air, then we're talking 20000. That a couple percent of that number are scheduled to be built over an unspecified amount of time, doesn't seem too out of line. If an average plane is in service for 10 years before being retired, then to have 20k planes flightworthy, they need to be producing about 2k a year.
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    gamebrigada , September 16, 2011 7:10 PM
    JN77Why is this news? I would think that something like this is expected. What I would find more interesting is car entertainment systems. Look at it like this. It still costs about $500 for a head unit with a dvd player for your car.My EVO 4G is cheaper than that head unit and does more than that head unit, the EVO has HDMI for multi channel audio as well as HD Video and I can get a $19 DVD player if I really want to use DVD's but it is easier to throw any music or videos you want on a 32gb or now 64gb Micro SDHC Card in the phone.Just need an easy way to get 7 channel audio into the after market amp in the car.



    Your evo 4g is actually 600 dollars. You signed a contract for 2 years and pay the company the rest over those 2 years. Your car head unit has an amplifier. Amplifiers are expensive. Very Expensive. In fact, in a 500 dollar unit, the amplifier takes up about 100 dollars. The head unit also uses a lot more materials than your phone, to cover the single or double din form factor. You should be glad it only costs 500 dollars... Because car head unit manufacturers make less per unit then phone manufacturers.
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    STravis , September 16, 2011 8:51 PM
    gamebrigadaYour evo 4g is actually 600 dollars. You signed a contract for 2 years and pay the company the rest over those 2 years. Your car head unit has an amplifier. Amplifiers are expensive. Very Expensive. In fact, in a 500 dollar unit, the amplifier takes up about 100 dollars. The head unit also uses a lot more materials than your phone, to cover the single or double din form factor. You should be glad it only costs 500 dollars... Because car head unit manufacturers make less per unit then phone manufacturers.


    You also forgot to mention that units in cars are designed to operate under some pretty crazy environments (and before any asshat claims otherwise, I suggest you take a look at automotive validation specs), and phones like the EVO 4G, well, if the thing takes a dump and resets you suck it up.
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    back_by_demand , September 16, 2011 9:52 PM
    icepick314wouldn't it be easier to just hand them a tablet instead of having gesture control?

    They would have to hold the tablet, rather than sit with a drink, reclined and gorming away at a movie for 2 hours, plus a loose tablet would be a safety hazard in case of turbulance.
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    back_by_demand , September 16, 2011 9:56 PM
    70camaross396I am Just waiting for the headline.... Microsoft sueing Boing over android IP infringments.

    Chances are Boeing will pay the $7 per unit, they will make it back the first flight that goes out, why deliberately look for trouble?
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    back_by_demand , September 16, 2011 10:01 PM
    rosen380From what I can tell online, there are about 10000 commercial flights in the air, world wide, at any given time. If there is one plane on the ground boarding, refueling, etc for every one in the air, then we're talking 20000. That a couple percent of that number are scheduled to be built over an unspecified amount of time, doesn't seem too out of line. If an average plane is in service for 10 years before being retired, then to have 20k planes flightworthy, they need to be producing about 2k a year.

    That would equate to about $140,000 in 10 years?
    Relatively speaking that is chump-change to both Microsoft and Boeing, it would probably cost that much for Boeing to have a lawyer walk in the front door.
    Much easier to make a simle phone call to say "we are cutting a cheque for $140,000, m'kay?" and everyone walks away happy.
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    growup , September 16, 2011 11:54 PM
    genghiskroni just cant wait for some little kid to play fruit ninja on the back of my seat


    Or have crazy bird dreams to realize that you wake up to everyone playing angry birds, random bird gaucking gestures will become really annoying fast after one flight.
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    nebun , September 17, 2011 1:11 AM
    how how much will they be charging for this so called technology we can't do without?
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    eddieroolz , September 17, 2011 6:06 AM
    Considering a lot of people will have devices of their own, I'm not so sure this is really necessary.
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    tinmann , September 18, 2011 12:51 AM
    I can just see Apple turning a dark shade of envy green.
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    kryojenix , September 20, 2011 10:19 PM
    icepick314wouldn't it be easier to just hand them a tablet instead of having gesture control?

    QANTAS's budget airline JetStar gives out portable media entertainment tablets to those who pay to rent them, instead of having screens on the back of each seat. Makes sense, since these days many of us have our own phones/laptops ... unless they are still enforcing zero handluggage on international flights due to terrorism. (Pointless unless they confiscate all shoes and underwear as well).
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