Monday 16 June 2008

Take a Seat a Robotic Chair

This looks like a simple seat, but it's really a robot. It's an RFID-enabled robotic chair which was designed specifically for use in libraries by Dutch designer Jelte van Geest who calls it Take a Seat !

The chair contains electronics, wheels, and an RFID tag. Upon entering the library, a user activate's a chair with their library card. The chair follows the person everywhere, offering up a place to sit wherever needed. Once the person leaves the building, the chair automatically returns to its docking station to re-juice and get ready for the next user.

While libraries might be the obvious location, airports and conference centers could also benefit. A multitude of chairs could be controlled by one access card and programmed to arrange themselves into a theater formation.

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