Panasonic will be targeting its Android-based remote control, called the Touch Passenger Media Unit, on Boeing airplanes. The Touch PMU will be able to to control the content that’s palying on the in-flight entertainment system that’s mounted on the headrest to the front of you, multitask, and pull up relevant information such as estimated time of arrival. The separate touchscreen display on the remote means that you won’t have to interrupt the movie you’re playing by doing other controls, which will be shown on the 3.8-inch controller itself. The Panasonic controller will be powered by an ARM Cortex CPU and have a WVGA display that will support 3D and Flash graphics. Panasonic also has plans to use Android on the displays on the back headrest as well, and that’s scheduled for a 2012 initial launch.
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