If I Were an Engineer

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I was in an elevator today going down from the SEB site and I had an amazing idea.  One of the things that I hate about elevators is not knowing when it’s going to stop between my floor and my destination.  Just today as I got on, a woman went to exit the elevator but realized that it had stopped before her destination to pick me up.  The solution?  Next to the numbers indicating which floor the elevator is on, an up and down arrow-shaped light.  If someone on floor five presses “up,” it lights up the up arrow next to the number five in the elevator car; this way its occupants know the stop is coming.  For multi-car elevator systems, the light would only light up in the car that was going to stop at that floor.  Instant information for the elevator passengers.

A solution in search of a problem?  Perhaps.  But I think it’d be sweet.