3 Electronics Standardizing Airplane Amenities

Some corporate travelers appreciate that air travel lets them pause and refresh. Since planes can often fly above most wireless antennas, you’re not going to get emails, texts, phone calls, or that Facebook Messenger tone until the wheels touch down.

Flying can be a perfect opportunity to kick back, turn on the music or a movie and tune out for a few hours.

“Yeah right,” says any seasoned road warrior – modern air travel is actually becoming less of a tranquil time-out and more of a head start in which you can prepare presentations, go over materials, write email drafts, and wait until you’re in proper range so you can communicate and be communicated with.

Another requirement of modern air travel is room for your electronics components. Decades ago, you might have had a movie to enjoy during your flight, but those have mostly gone the way of elegant meals in the air.

Today, passengers have access to everything from TV shows to a variety of movies, sometimes in the seats in front of them. Even better, after 2013, you’re allowed to use your personal electronics a little longer, due to modifications to a rule requiring everything to be powered down during take-off and landing.

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While airlines seem to be cutting back in other inconvenient ways, they don’t seem to be scrimping on the available electronics components, either while in the air or at the gates.

Here are some examples of what kind of devices, electronics parts and interesting technology you may encounter.

  • Charging stations. Airports have been slow to offer charging stations, so it’s not uncommon to see a cluster of anxious passengers sitting or squatting around a traditional two-hole plug. But United recently has taken the initiative to install 500 charging stations at terminals around the country. This makes it easy and convenient to make sure laptops, phones, tablets, and electronic readers are all charged before the flight. These have room for up to six electric plugs and two USB ports. American Airlines has even gone further and offered charging stations aboard the plane in first class and business class seats.
  • Wi-Fi. Not long ago, Wi-Fi was something you could only access on the ground. But these days, most airlines have figured out how to turn themselves into mini-hubs that passengers can connect to for a certain charge. It isn’t necessarily cheap or high speed, but it’s Wi-Fi — and that’s all that matters to on-the-go business travelers. The data can come from connections to satellites, from passing certain mobile broadband towers along the route that are pointed into the air or staying under 10,000 feet. Making phone calls are still dicey, and often can be done via costly, short satellite calls, or shaky Skype conversations, but Internet seems to be a go.
  • Streaming entertainment. We know you’re supposed to be working, but how cool is this? Airlines like American, Delta, Southwest and US Airways are going far beyond having one movie that everyone watches or even the movies built into the little screen in the seat in front of you. A new feature, called “Bring Your Own Device” entertainment, allows passengers to download content to their tablets, laptops or smart phones, and watch it during your flight. There’s no need for an Internet connection either – according to the BoardingArea blog, all of the movies, shows or music are all stored on the local server of the plane. You may be required to download the airline’s app first or submit billing information.

 

Overall, the best example of modern electronics components in the air is actually the plane itself – a Boeing 737, its smallest but most popular plane, is built with 367,000 pieces from hundreds of suppliers and a labor force of thousands.  Whether you’re seeking to purchase parts at major airline level or for a smaller endeavor, consider Verical for your electronics component needs.

 

 

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Solar roofing panels can be used to create shade and “solar canopies” from the sun and other elements in the front or backyard. Fourth of July rained out? No worries — grill up some burgers for the whole family in the backyard while the solar panels keep you dry and save you energy. Why not create a nook in your yard to lay back in a hammock with a Mojito and read your favorite book? Or, watch some tennis on the courts from the sidelines by creating a spectator’s seating area, sheltered by solar panels. By installing home solar panels, you can have the benefits of the outdoors while staying healthy and shaded too. With so many scientific breakthroughs in today’s modern age, solar panels are more decor-friendly and can look stylish in any situation.

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One of the most common yet effective ways to upgrade the home with solar panels is to attach them to the roof. This can add a modern flair to antique roofing, or add style to your modern home by being different from the other houses on the block. Plus, rooftops cover so much space that the solar panels will get plenty of sunlight, and, therefore, have the potential to save you energy when you need it. If you don’t fancy putting solar panels on your home’s rooftop, try installing solar panels to other housing units on your property, like the backyard shed, a barn, or even the garage. Any of these rooftops will add style and function to your home. Even Fido would appreciate a trendy and environmentally friendly renovation to his dog house.

Wow Your Neighbors With Window Shade

Although rooftop solar panels are popular and trendy, you can think outside of the box and be unique by adding solar panels to the outside of your home’s windows at a slight diagonal angle to provide shade. By using solar panels as window shades, you upgrade your home’s exterior while helping the planet, not to mention your wallet. Because solar panels have been tweaked by scientists and mass produced, they are now much more functional and affordable than they used to be. Install home solar panels on the outside of your windows to provide both fashion and function.

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What’s a better way to beautify a home than to add a skylight? There’s little more that makes such a positive impression on guests. The often partially see-through tone of the solar panels offer just enough light to provide shade while still letting enough natural light shine through to your home. The natural light will allow you to use less electricity inside. Another side benefit of this is that natural light is shown to make people more productive. By using solar panels to beautify your home with a skylight, you’re benefitting your health and making your home easy on your eyes.

Solar panels are becoming more affordable for the everyday person and can beautify any person’s home. Whether you use solar panels as roofing, to add a skylight, provide a window shade, or keep cool and away from the elements under a solar canopy, the environment will thank you, and so will your neighbors and family for having upgraded your home’s aesthetics.

 

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