Virtual reality is currently being tested on airplanes to mask the interior cabin and create illusions of comfort and relaxation. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart are working on a project called "VR Hyperspace" to make this a reality. This research project is led by The University of Nottingham in the U.K.
Ideas being tested in a mock-up plane cabin include displaying images on the surfaces of the cabin and complete immersion in a head-mounted display that can change both spatial and body awareness. So far, there's a see-through mode as shown in the above photo, a tropical island scene or a stream running through a forest. Business travelers can even run Office applications on the built-in display system, while still enjoying the virtual reality scene. Test subjects are already reporting that they feel an increased level of comfort and spaciousness and that time flies by more quickly.