Hitachi Ltd and Hitachi Building Systems Co Ltd have developed a touchless operating panel establishing an elevator without physical floor buttons that allows users to experience a completely new sensation.
This newly developed touchless operating panel replaces the floor buttons normally found in an elevator car and enables elevator users to register a destination floor just by passing a finger over the floor displayed on the panel (LCD monitor), enabling the touchless use of the elevator.
This newly developed touchless operating panels have been installed in elevators in Tokyo Midtown Yaesu.
Features of the operating panel
An elevator user can register the destination floor just by passing their finger over the floor displayed on the touchless operating panel’s monitor in an elevator car. An infrared sensor detects the finger’s position and registers the floor, enabling the touchless use of the elevator.
While conventional operating panels must have as many floor buttons as the building has floors, the touchless operating panel enables the operating panel to be simplified and miniaturized, making unprecedented futuristic elevator designs possible as since it displays floors on an LCD monitor.