Smart Seat

A group of Ngee Ann Polytechnic students unveiled a prototype ‘Smart’ reserved seat at their school’s open house earlier this month. Aimed at ensuring only the truly needy get access to the reserved seat on the trains, the invention utilizes a mechanism operated by magnets that keeps it in an upward “locked” position and can only be unlocked by the EZ-link cards of senior citizens.

What are your thoughts on the feasibility of such a device? 


One thought on “Smart Seat

  1. I have come across a similar concept at least a traffic light junction, where the traffic light could cater for a longer pedestrian-crossing time, when its pedestrian-crossing function is activated by a senior citizen’s EZ-link card. I believe this is quite special.

    While it is always a timely idea for our public amenities / facilities to be designed in a way that includes our elderly community as well as our needy community, I believe it is just as important to keep in mind that a good portion of the inclusiveness for these ‘privileged’ communities also comes from personalized interaction, such as those that occur when young people offering seats or giving way to elderly members.

    These interaction between the ‘privileged’ communities and the general community at large goes a long way in making members of the ‘privileged’ communities feel included within the general community, on top of amenities that are user-friendly.

    Two cents from
    yoke kuang.

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