Last week Thales took home the Avion Award for Best Achievement in Technology and for good reason - the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) manufacturer is doing some serious innovating inside the aircraft cabin.
For example, the company plans to be the first in the world to bring Android to IFEC. Specifically, Thales will launch a new touch passenger media unit (TouchPMU) that is designed to act as a stand-alone media access device as well as a controller for Thales' TopSeries i8000 IFEC system and its new, as-yet-unnamed fourth generation IFEC system (Thales had hoped to have the name ready for release at the APEX conference and exhibition).
News of Thales' Android exploits broke shortly after Panasonic revealed it is eyeing Android for its next IFEC system.
Three, two, one...let the race begin!
(Photo above taken from the flashy new APEX newsletter, formally known as WIN. I'm glad my blue dress didn't totally blend into the background on stage!)