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August 6, 2005

How to hack an elevator


Turns out that if something's got electronics inside it's hackable.

This interesting tidbit arrived yesterday: seems you can put some elevators into "Express" mode by pressing the "Door Close" and your floor number button of choice simultaneously.

This directs the car to your floor without any intervening stops.

Nice — if it works.

Have to try this out next time I'm near an elevator.

According to thedamnblog.com, this hack has been tested and worked on the following elevators:

Otis (Except those made in 1992)

Dover (Model numbers EL546 And ELOD862)

Note that on some elevators the option to use this Easter Egg of sorts has been disabled by the elevator mechanic or building maintenance.


[via Clive Thompson's collisiondetection]

August 6, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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