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144. HumBugg: Elevator Shaft Slits January 25, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in HumBugg.
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ElevatorSlit
Two months ago, I almost dropped my keys down an elevator shaft slit. Tonight, while talking to my brother on the phone, that is exactly what he did. I told him that it is probably pretty common since folks in buildings
(especially residential ones) are usually handling their keys as they are coming or going through the elevator doors.

It’s a friggin’ black hole of inconvenience, I tell you. OTIS or someone needs to come up with a solution to this annoyance. How hard would it be to design and install a couple of rubber or brush strips to act as blockers? Probably not hard at all.

While they are at it, why don’t they design fold-down ledges to sit on or rest your groceries on, and an extremely easy to see and use “hold door open button” at eye level. And if they are feeling really creative, how about coming up with a way I can choose my floor without touching the same buttons Johnny-nose-picker just pushed (via, say, voice commands, or extra large buttons or switches).

And while we are on the topic, consider checking out this intelligent elevator dispatching system (longish article).

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