Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Technological Improvement???!!

I had a conference last weekend. When I showed up at the hotel (JW Marriott in DC) I was shocked to find that they had weird elevators. I know?!! How can elevators be weird? Get this - instead of the typical up/down buttons there was a keypad. You had to enter your floor, and then it would tell you which elevator was coming for you. You stood there, and when it arrived the doors open, and you get in. Ok, little strange, but whatever. But then, once you are in the elevator you see the total madness. THERE ARE NO BUTTONS!!!! No buttons to push your floor. Seriously. The elevator just takes you there.

Apparently, this is supposed to be a more efficient elevator routing system. By knowing in advance where the people want to go, the computer can most efficiently route the elevators to the right people.

I get the idea, but still. TOO WEIRD FOR ME. Seriously. I mean there are some things that are basic in this world. Getting on an elevator and pushing the buttons is one of them. What will these crazy youngsters think of next??!!!

7 comments:

ChrisB said...

Probably a dumb question but how do you call for help should it be necessary before you reach your floor?!

Sabrina said...

Hm...I think i'll be using the stairs a lot.

Dan & Duffy said...

My hotel in Cairo had this. We too found it very confusing

Courtney said...

Yes, you would think an elevator should be simple. lol I've never seen one of those.

3XMom said...

There was an emergency phone in the elevator, as well as door open and closed. but that was it.

Julie said...

That is weird.

Lil Mouse said...

i would think that you'd be LESS efficient that way. and yeah, i would freak if there was no call button. umm i try to use stairs unless its more than say 4 floors. and even then, i feel guilty. from college. i think only ONCE did I have to walk all 18 flights back up, and that's because all the elevators well full of people going to the 3, 4, 5th floors from the 1st floor. we beat the people who waited on the elevator line by a LONG time. but i did have to walk down more times than i want to count. fire alarms. usually during finals week. drunk arses anyway.. oh well!