Brace Up For Smart Elevators From Microsoft

Have you heard of smart elevators?
No, then be ready to take a smart ride. Microsoft has installed a Kinect camera in an elevator, training it to recognize when people want to get on, and teaching it to open the doors automatically when needed.

The camera installed at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington lab and spearheaded by research co-director Eric Horvitz, trained the Kinect’s eyes on a hallway, noting how people act when they want to board the elevator compared to when they’re just walking by.

The second phase will give the elevator a way to interact with passengers with gestures. But you won’t be seeing this technology anywhere outside of Microsoft’s lab for the time being.

“May be someday, the elevator will make it faster after hearing that you are in a hurry.”

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