The airplane armrest battle is over thanks to this cool device

You’re sitting in the center seat of a 3-accross seating in the back of the plane. Of course, the first thing that comes into your head is how you’re going to “share” the armrest between the two people sitting next to you. Inevitably, both of them are going to shove their arms onto the rest, and you’re going to be sitting there hugging yourself to death for the remainder of your flight.

Not anymore – say hello to the Soarigami! It’s the cheesiest thing to come since the Knee Defender that prevents you from reclining your seat!

Introducing the Soarigami Airmail Edition, our pilot concept. The Soarigami is a consumer product that attaches onto any armrest to extend the space and allow two people to comfortably share. The origami-inspired design makes the device thin and sleek, perfect for any savvy traveler’s carry-on.

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You think I’m kidding about this device. I’m not. Essentially, it’s a plastic divider that rests on the armrest itself in the shape of an upside down paper-airplane. So, the “wings” extend into both seats providing an extended armrest, and there’s a divider in the middle to prevent your seat-mate from encroaching on your space.

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As an added bonus, the device folds up for easy packing.

At rest, the Soarigami stays folded up in a very thin profile. After unfolding, the device can be attached onto any armrest. The flex spring ‘landing gear’ clamps securely ground the unit. The ‘wings’ of the plane become the new armrests, while the ‘vertical stabilizer’ acts as a barrier between two elbows.

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The device is scheduled to launch in early 2015, with a version that doubles as an iPad case (not sure how…) coming in late 2015.

You can learn more about the product, and even sign up for a mailing list for when the product is released here.

My thoughts: I have no intention on getting this product, though I do think you’ll find this in the next catalog for Hammacher Schlemmer. 🙂

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