This sensor opens and closes sliding doors when you reach out so you don’t have to touch them (or to think you are a Jedi)
More than one Star Wars fan has made hand gestures when approaching an automatic door to pretend that he is controlling it from a distance like a Jedi. Now they can really do it, not being really Jedi but thanks to Kinetic Touchless 2.0, a sensor that allows you to control sliding doors … without touching them.
The invention has been created by a design studio from Singapore called Stuck Design and that it is 2.0 is not causality. They had previously developed other idea so that we do not have to touch the elevator buttons, on that occasion the proximity sensor pressed the button as the finger moved at a certain distance. Why? Hygiene issue as indicated, contact with items that many people touch in public can be an ideal environment for the spread of germs.
El sensor Kinetic Touchless 2.0 busca replace the weight or motion sensors commonly attached to sliding doors to open them. Instead, place a small panel with a proximity sensor on the door and at hand height. When it detects a hand nearby, it gives you control of the door allowing it to be opened or closed depending on how the hand moves.
The technology behind this is nothing revolutionary, we are facing a proximity sensor capable of understanding movements in three dimensions. Similar to what the Face ID of the iPhone offers or for example Google’s Project Soli. Up to LG placed something similar on their phones to control them by gestures.
As described by its creators, you just have to approach the sensor with your hand until it is close enough. As the hand gets closer, an animation on the sensor shows what it takes to get closer to give it control. Later the animation shows two side arrows to indicate that it can be moved. Wherever the hand moves, the sensor (and consequently the door) will follow.
Automatic doors vs manual doors
The question that arises here is why bother with this when the doors already open on their own when approaching. Yes, it is true that it is not as comfortable as simply approaching a door. However, the creators of Kinetic Touchless 2.0 point to the negative point of having an automatic door: unnecessary energy expenditure.
Automatic doors are often opened unnecessarily and not only consume energy in that, which is the least, but also in the air conditioning of the space. If the building or room is air-conditioned each time the door is opened there is a considerable release of temperature to the outside. A manual door like this en principle saves by not opening whenever someone passes byWhether you want to go through the door or not.
Having said that, not all are advantages with a Kinetic Touchless 2.0. The door and its use can be difficult for people with accessibility problems who cannot reach the sensor, for example. Likewise, it slows down the entry or exit process if there are many people for example. Of course, combined with LG screen doors certainly there would be a most futuristic door.