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Retractable Multi-Purpose Armrests with Embedded Tray Table

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247511D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 161K

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Abstract

Invention developed can be used for aircraft seats eliminating the dependency on the seat in-front making it fully modular. Mechanism detailed in the following sections can be deployed in aircraft seats as of now.

CURRENT SCENARIO:

Existing economy seating limits passengers with dependency on the front as well as the adjacent seats in terms of arm rests and tray table usage

• Tray table is fixed to the front seat hence its usage depends on the position of the front seat • Position/location of the arm rests are fixed hence cannot adapt to passenger needs • Even when the arm rests are folded back the seat base is not entirely flat making it inconvenient to lie on

OUR IDEA:

• Armrest folds forward and under the seat unlike existing / conventional armrest which folds backwards. • Armrest can slide in its perpendicular axis (across the width of the seat) creating extra space. • Telescopic tray table embedded in the armrest.

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Retractable Multi-Purpose Armrests with Embedded Tray Table

Technology developed can be used for aircraft seats eliminating the dependency on the seat in-front making it fully modular. Mechanism detailed in the following sections can be deployed in aircraft seats as of now. 

CURRENT SCENARIO:

Existing economy seating limits passengers with dependency on the front as well as the adjacent seats in terms of arm rests and tray table usage

 

  • Tray table is fixed to the front seat hence its usage depends on the position of the front seat
  • Position/location of the  arm rests are fixed hence cannot adapt to passenger needs  
  • Even when the arm rests are folded back the seat base is not entirely flat making it inconvenient to lie on

OUR IDEA:

 

  • Armrest folds forward and under the seat unlike existing / conventional armrest which folds backwards.
  • Armrest can slide in its perpendicular axis (across the width of the seat) creating extra space.
  • Telescopic tray table embedded in the armrest.

BENEFIT:

 

  • Seats resizing/conversion is easily possible
  • Armrest can be stowed under the seats providing space for the passenger
  • Tray table usage is independent of the front seat
  • Maneuverability of passenger between rows is improved as tray tables are now fixed to the arm rests

The proposed design eliminates the existing tray tables and arm rests by integrating them into single unit as described below:

 

  • Arm rests are positioned underneath the seats and can be pulled up as and when needed
  • Arm rests are hinged at th...