It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, wait, it’s a flying billboard.
Boeing last week won a new patent for technologies that would add giant digital displays onto wings, fuselages and tails — and even upturned winglets on future jets.
The basic idea is that the display areas would contain digital imaging equipment, covered with a transparent layer, and heated or cooled from beneath as needed.
You might think of this as turning Boeing (NYSE: BA) aircraft into flying Jumbotrons, the massive video screens that send out messages during athletic events, like the upcoming Super Bowl on Feb. 1.