Off-screen stage hands ensured the automatic doors on shows like Star Trek and The Next Generation always opened with impeccable timing and speed. And now Japanese robotics researchers have developed an intelligent sensor that could make the automatic doors at your local grocery store far less stupid.
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Have you ever noticed that near the end of a long meeting in a sealed conference room everyone's a little sleepy? It obviously has nothing to do with your clipart-filled PowerPoint slides — it's actually related to a build-up of CO2 making it hard for everyone to think and concentrate. It's an unfortunate by-product of airtight energy-efficient buildings that researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute want to fix.
If you're prone to losing your keys and locking yourself out of the house when you get home, you'll want to pay attention to this brilliant home mod by YouTuber oggfaba. Using hardware and timber you can easily find at any home improvement megalopolis, they created a near-invisible secret door that perfectly blends in with the exterior of their house.
Doors are some seriously ancient tech but they have this problem where they can only keep people out if they're closed. This bizarre but clever take on the "revolving door" by a company called Barbecan, on the other hand, aims to get you inside, but simultaneously keep any ne'er-do-wells out. Specifically ne'er-do-wells with bombs and guns.
With glass doors it's not always immediately obvious which direction the door swings. Is it towards you, or away from you? And making the wrong decision can be disastrously embarrassing. So we like these arrow-shaped handles that provide a subtle hint whether you need to push or pull.
Glowing — sorry, sorry, going one step further than the last glowing door handle we saw, the LEDoorHandle concept lets you unscrew the handle in emergencies when you don't have another torch to hand.