How lazy can one become? An innovation by Nissan Group, the automotive manufacturers, allows chairs to be responsive to human claps in order to move to their assigned spots. Yuuki Tomii, a member of the Nissan Sales Promotion Department, mentioned that their main objective was the development of self-driving vehicles and that automatic parking was part of the process.

They came up with the idea of testing the concept on a more domestic item, namely on office chairs. Last week on February 19th the concept had already been made public in the city of Yokohama, where four office chairs with a self-parking feature at the sound of human claps were exhibited.

How does it actually work?

In order to be able to properly present the product, one motion sensitive camera was positioned in each corner of the room to localize the chairs and the layout so as to make the system, where the original location of the chairs had been preset, send them back to their programmed initial spots. The initial places for the chairs are thus programmed beforehand and with a simple clap the system calculates the trajectory and direction in order to move them to the spots memorized by the system.

When will they be made available to the general public?

Although the concept may seem funny, it's actually useful. These futuristic products will make it easier to keep office rooms organized, repositioning chair after company events such as staff meetings. However, it may take a while for the new products to be available on the market.

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The price for this piece of furniture is already being negotiated by the large investors who wish to make the most of the technology. The main goal for the advertising of the office chairs was to draw attention to the automatic parking system which is currently being developed by Nissan in an effort to get closer to the successful manufacturing of automatic vehicles. With so many technological innovations on the way, one starts to wonder how the world would look like in the near future, all the more that technological advances can also change the world economy as we know it.