The use of technology for technology’s sake to provide solutions to problems that do not exist is a trap that many start-ups fall into. However, Nissan has taken this a step further with their self-parking chairs.
Despite years of evolution, it seems we are still guilty of leaving meeting rooms in a mess and fail to clean up after ourselves. Thankfully technology is on hand to help us all channel our inner Mary Poppins by clapping our hands and watching in amazement as chairs park themselves before our very eyes.
The science bit that makes it all possible is simply a handful of wall-mounted cameras and a Wi-Fi connection. The chairs themselves are over engineered to perfection with motors, wheels and batteries to solve what can only be described as a first world problem.
The new technology certainly gives the traditional game of musical chairs a 21st-century upgrade, but will ultimately leave many questioning our over-reliance on technology. There is little point subscribing to gym memberships or counting our steps on fitness trackers if we can’t even be bothered to push our chairs back under a desk.We have smart phones, TV’s and will soon have smart homes, so maybe it’s not beyond the realms of possibilities to have our very own meeting room that comes complete with smart chairs.
We have smartphones, TV’s and will soon have smart homes, so maybe it’s not beyond the realms of possibilities to have our very own meeting room that comes complete with smart chairs.
“With this innovation in office technology, Japanese businessmen are now freed from the troublesome task of arranging chairs,” Nissan advised with a hint of sarcasm.
As with most big news stories these days, these self-parking chairs are actually a gimmick of sorts to generated interest in Nissan’s plans to deliver a self-parking car in the near future.
Maybe we can concentrate on parking our “outrage” at a world gone mad and take this story to exactly what it is and secretly admit to yourself that you muttered the words “cool” under your breath.