November 14, 2006, - 1:48 pm

Europe’s Dumbest New Invention: Buttonless Elevators

By Debbie Schlussel
You type in your floor on a lobby keypad, but once you get in, you can’t change your mind. You’re stuck. Today’s Wall Street Journal has a cover story on it.
Another dumb creation of Europe that’s coming here. FOX News Channel’s NewsCorp building in New York already has them, and even Rupert Murdoch is complaining.
The Journal dubs the elevators, designed and produced by the European Schindler Group, “Schindler’s Lifts.” Haha, you’re so punny. Not.
Getting rid of elevator operators was a step forward. Getting rid of elevator buttons is a step backward.

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Since the Schindler elevator system knows the pattern of floors that people are going to, it can dispatch the elevators more intelligently, reducing waiting time and handling more traffic with the same number of elevators. This isn’t a dumb idea, even if the user-interface implementation was poorly done. on November 14, 2006 at 8:38 pm

Your pun reminds me of one of the scenes from the movie, Schindler’s List. A Nazi officer wants to shoot one of the slave workers, he pulls a German designed and manufactured pistol and pulls the trigger. The pistol jams, he tries to clear it, no luck, again he pulls the trigger, no results, at that point he gives up and throws the pistol at the man. Why people believe anything made in Germany is good, is beyond me. People always brag about German tanks, but they weighted too much to pass over 90% of Europe’s bridges, and if you took them off the main roads, they became stuck in the mud. Knocked out not by American fire, but by stupid German design. Why Americans believe in European quality even when facts don’t support such biases is beyond me.

Burt on November 15, 2006 at 8:38 am

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