Have you ever wondered how many people touch the same elevator buttons you press your precious digits against?

Dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands.

In a world still reeling from the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, you can’t be too paranoid about the cleanliness of the mundane items we usually make physical contact with on a daily basis.

Things like shared items are the riskiest, since many people, often from different households, end up touching the same things repeatedly.

One company in Singapore has decided to make life a little more bearable for those who wish to minimize physical contact.

Say hello to these holographic elevator buttons being used in an office building in Kallang, right in the heart of Singapore’s Central Region.

Instead of having to physically touch the buttons to pick the floor you’re headed to, the only thing users will have to do in this elevator is hover their finger over the holographic button representing their intended floor.

The cool thing about this feature is the fact that the corresponding physical button on the elevator will also light up, indicating a ‘press’.

If you’re aching to try it out, it’s located in one of six elevators in the MapleTree Industrial New Hi-Tech Space.

It was installed on August 1 as part of a trial by a company called First Step Elevator. But here’s the kicker: a single unit can cost anywhere between US$4,362 (S$6,000) and US$6,544 (S$9,000). It depends wholly on the amount of buttons that need to be displayed.

But what if the holographic buttons fail? Well, that’s why the physical buttons are still there, in case of any emergency.

This also helps it abide by regulations set out by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

First Step Elevator plans to introduce the holographic module to more office buildings in the future.


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