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Going up: the rise* in elevator intelligence

Posted: May 18th, 2010 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: behaviour, product design, technology | Tags: | 2 Comments »

When did elevators get so smart? Once they just went up and down, and now they alter their direction based on demand.

Today I was visiting the developers at another building and didn’t really think too strange when I first pressed the floor number. At the time it hadn’t occurred to me that I was choosing the floor as the first step of the process, on the outside of the lift rather than inside the lift.

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Keypad on the outside of the lift, downstairs

It was only when I got inside and couldn’t find the usual floor buttons that I realised something was different. My more intelligent companion then noticed that the display above the door close/open symbols was displaying our chosen floor number.

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Display inside the lift tells you which floor has been selected Read the rest of this entry »