In this project Yael Goren Karp and I, considered alternative interfaces for elevators. Our target audience being people with elevator-related anxiety.
Our first step was to strip the automation away, seeing as a big part of users' anxiety was simply "trusting" the elevator.
Later came the question of how that control would manifest. We then devised a rope-based interface, which users pull up or down in order to control the elevator.
The rope offers varying resistance based on the number of people present in the elevator.
A prototype was built and exhibited during IsraHCI 2016.