Nissan invents robotic office chairs that tidy themselves away

Fed up of pushing your chair back under the table after a meeting? This quirky invention may be the solution for you…

Nissan Motor Co Ltd, based in Yokohama, Japan, has invented the first “intelligent parking chair”, freeing people from the “troublesome task” of pushing chairs back under desks. With just a clap of your hands, the intelligent self-parking chair automatically moves into a set position.

According to the company, “the chair includes a roller to automatically move 360 degrees paired with a system that indicates the target position. Four cameras placed on the room’s ceiling generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chair’s position and its route to destination.”

The invention was inspired by the company’s latest “Intelligent Park Assist” technology. “The system of the Intelligent Park Assist uses four cameras on the car body (the front, rear, and both wing mirrors). The system converts video footage from thecameras and composites a virtual bird’s-eye view imagethat allows automatic steering,” the company said.

Like the car’s parking system, the “Intelligent Parking Chair” also uses four cameras placed on each corner of the room’s ceiling. “The cameras will locate the chair’s current position, while the system alculates the chair’s route to return to its original position,”Nissan explained.

The company doesn’t mention any plans to sell the chairs.

The news of the “self-parking chair” comes just after news that Nissan’s self-driving  electric LEAF car had been successfully tested at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley.

“For the past year, NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley and automaker Nissan have been collaborating on the development of autonomous driving technologies that could one day be used in future consumer vehicles, robotic rovers on Mars and other space exploration missions,” NASA said its their website.

Source: Japan Today; NASA; Nissan 

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