Technically, today is a holiday. You should probably have the time off, but you don’t. You’re here at the office, trying to catch up on email and a glut of busywork. I feel you. And so does Nissan. The carmaker has made this Monday slightly better by publishing a video of its self-parking chairs.
Inspired by the technology and learning behind its self-parking cars, Nissan designed what it calls the “Intelligent Parking Chair.” Watching the mobile chairs skitter under tables is charming, like some sort of Pixar film about polite office furniture. “By day, these chairs are inanimate objects. By night, they park!”
The Intelligent Parking Chair can turn 360 degrees, and locates a target position with the help of four cameras, placed throughout the room, that “generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chair’s position and its route to destination.”