Inventions Nobody Asked For: Interactive Elevator Music

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech
Monday, August 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

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You know what would be a good invention? An elevator without music.

In the meantime, however, Australia's QT Sydney Hotel has given us a sensor-based thing that offers sarcastic commentary through song.

If someone is taking a solo ride in a QT elevator, the one-person playlist kicks in with tracks like "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley or Eric Carmen's "All by Myself."

Upon a second guest's arrival, the QT Sydney elevator sensors will randomly select from the two-person playlist, including songs like "Just the Two of Us" by Bill Withers and "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor. And when the count reaches four people, the songs switch into party mode, with crowd-pleasers in the AM such as "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe.

It also plays soundbites from Darth Vader and the Terminator, because "Hasta la vista, baby" never gets old. NEVER, I tellz ya! Hey, Australians - "That's not a knoife! THAT'S a knoife!" See how awesome that was?

If the lift played "Fuck the Police" every time it detected a blue uniform, that could be funny. And probably result in a mysteriously vandalized elevator containing a shocking lack of evidence as to who the perp might be.

Check out the invention in action after the jump.



QT Sydney Elevator from Michiel Waaijer on Vimeo.


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