Thales has unveiled the Touch Passenger Media Unit (TouchPMU), designed to be both a stand-alone media access device and a controller for the seat display. The TouchPMU is a menu-driven, touch-screen unit, built on the Android OS, and able to host “endless” third-party apps.

An open source and Web-based stand-alone media access device, the TouchPMU locally stores a range of applications independent of Thales' TopSeries IFE system. Passengers can watch moving map flight information, play games, take a survey, shop and chat onboard.

The TouchPMU is a handheld, 3.8 in., 800 x 480 resolution LCD unit, with an ARM Cortex processor, and uses capacitive touch navigation. The unit provides 3-D graphics as well as an accelerometer for 3-D graphic rotation and support for local games and applications. In the future, the product will include an Adobe Flash player for playback of videos typically found on the Web.