One of the core components of an aircraft seat is the foams and meshes that make the base and back of a seat is the foams that you sit on.
And you would think foam is a pretty simple thing.
However, Octaspring Technology begs to differ – with foam that moves in a 3D space, whilst reducing the volume by 50% – and thus reducing weight to the seat.
And we all know of airlines loving lightweight seats. Their primary demonstrator of the technology at aviation shows has been the demonstrator unit installed in a Stelia Aerospace Solsyts 3D seat.
However, Ocotaspring Technology are also keen to point out other possibilities too – even in an economy class seat. In this seat, you can see through the cutaway where the foam springs are – which in theory should mould better to the passenger’s back and derriere
Another application could be business jet seats – as demonstrated in this mockup
Or even somewhere where mere mortals do not tread – I am referring to the crew reset – when a lightweight mattress made with Octaspring material (or, a “proper” bed in first class).
With a promised 30% weight reduction, this could bring a weight benefit to the cabin. Combine this with the breathability of the material compared to solid foams
In addition for those thinking this will be a pain to certify, Octoasring has managed to gain certification for the foam – making it ready to fly.
The company has gone for short-term wins with passenger accessories such as cushions and neck rest.
So much so, I have an Octaspring seat cushion that I’ve had on test for a few weeks since AIX.
And I believe their claims. It’s a very comfortable cushion that moulds well and doesn’t feel like its fighting against you when resting on it.
Octaspring sell their products via OctaSupport at https://www.octasupport.com/ (and I’m eyeing up the body pillow if I’m being honest)
With the product taking steps forward from the Crystal Cabin Award win in 2017, I’d love to see this integrated into a seat – and bringing the comfort into the cabin.
Thanks to Octaspring for their stand tour, and the seat cushion used in this review.
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