Redesigning a redesigned elevator control panel

Robert K.
Robert K.
Jul 19, 2018 · 2 min read

I recently redesigned an elevator control panel. That was not enough.

The button should be green:

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But that’s still not enough. The elevator has a scale built in, so it won’t go when too crowded. This scale can be used for another feature, human presence detection. As soon as the elevator detects that weight isn’t changing, it shuts the doors and goes. A screen can be used to make the elevator more informative.

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Therefore, the only buttons needed in an elevator are those for emergencies like getting stuck inside or in-between the doors.

The only problem that remains is the waste of time that the elevator is. Sure, you save time and energy by using it instead of a staircase, but the ride could be much more pleasant. A 10-second cat video will solve everything.

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The video is silent, quite obviously

A game show would be even better, except the journey here is way too short for that.

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