Home » Hitachi Develops Novel Elevator with Pared-back Design
Elevators have become an integral part of modem high-rise building design. With huge advancements in the field of technology, leading manufacturers keep developing innovative accessibility devices with high-end features. Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa has collaborated with electronics giant Hitachi to develop a pared-back concept for a passenger lift.
Generally, people using elevators have a normal tendency to gravitate towards a single corner of the lift. The new elevator design by Fukasawa features walls joined into a seamless rounded shape that is proposed to intuitively escort riders.
The new design features a vertical LCD control panel (in place of standard push buttons) which has been developed with a pleasant sound to promote passenger comfort.
The initial images of new elevator’s pared-back interface depict a sans-serif typeface used to convey floor numbers as well as weather information and other essential messages. The company said the screen could also be used to display an image of the building as that would help lift users to identify their location more easily. In addition, a single chrome handrail curves around the interior of the lift which is expected to provide smooth and seamless movement.
When compared to a typical elevator design, the ceiling height has been increased and an overhead light panel includes two types of LEDs. The ceiling changes color depending on the time of the day or the season. The exterior of the lift features two door panels inset into the wall, along with touch screens that would display information about where the lift is and allow passengers to call the elevator.
According to statement from the company officials, “the new elevator design is an attempt to embrace unconscious human behavior, although Fukasawa’s concept is only the first phase of an ongoing initiative”.
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