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Smart Chairs for Waiting in Lines

· Oded Kariti,Williams University,Smart Chairs

Oded Kariti Review on Smart Chairs for Waiting in Lines

During the last 50 years, we have achieved enormous progress in the field of technology. This is a proven fact which can hardly be disputed. While consumers are enjoying the fruits of these technology advancement, scientist like Oded Kariti from the Williams University can’t help but wonder where is this rapid development of technology leading us, and are we about to become slaves to our own ideas.

Nissan is mostly known for producing cars, but a few months ago, the company surprised us all with their latest invention. A team of renewed scientist, including Oded Kariti believes that this invention is on the borderline of having a positive and negative impact on humanity. Imagine sitting in a long hallway and waiting for something, for example you’re waiting in line at the doctor’s office. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of who is where and when someone has entered the office, because everyone is sitting. Inspired by such events, Nissan came up with a solution for this, and it is based on the idea of "smart seat".

The chair is based on a technology pro-pilot that Nissan had already developed for their cars. Oded Kariti explains that this technology can detect other chairs, monitors their movement and ultimately parks itself. In a literal scenario this would look like this: you sit in the last seat in the row of chairs and slowly move your way toward the first seat, and when you finally get your turn, the chair moves from the row’s start and parks itself in the last spot in the queue. Although many people are impatiently waiting for this invention, for Oded Kariti this is just another step closer to a sedentary lifestyle. It seems that now even in waiting lines, we won’t have to occasionally stand up and stretch our legs. Of course there are also positive sides of this invention, like helping the aging population who isn’t able to wait in long lines. Sparing people the hassle of standing in lines, this invention could also be used in locations such as museums where those seated travel along a set path.

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