Chilean newspaper Publimetro (in Spanish) reports on the terrible accident suffered by 30-year-old José Vergara: A malfunctioning lift launched him across an entire building and into the roof, going through 34 storeys in just 15 seconds. Reportedly, he suffered major fractures on his back and hips.
Smartphones, smartwatches, smart home appliances. Why not smart lifts? That’s the question Microsoft asked — and then answered, by putting a Kinect camera in a lift, training it to recognise when people want to get on, and teaching it to open the doors automatically when needed. Smart, indeed.
Theresa Christy, a mathematician who works for Otis Elevator Co (they probably power your building), told the WSJ that once you press a button and wait for the lift, it takes about 20 seconds before you start getting impatient and annoyed.