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Often at the end of a church service, as the congregation
files out of their seats, people will want to hang out and talk
with friends. Sometimes they do this at the end of a row of
seating, which makes everyone in the row either have to
interrupt, push their way past, or wait until they are
alleviate this problem, at the end of the service all of the
seats could be lowered into holes in the floor which would
then be covered by a panel that would mechanically and
automatically slide in place over the hole. Then folks could
mill about in any direction unhampered.
This could also be used in movie theatres, though socializing
isn't usually as widespread there.
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||This is a nice idea! Good for stadiums, too. You could have a panel of flooring on the back of the seat and after the patrons stand up (or before! why not!) a latch at the front of the seat opens and the seat pivots on a mighty hinge until it's hidden and its erstwhile back is flush with the floor.
||you could try coming to my church. it's standing room only, no pews, with women on the left and men on the right. old-school greek orthodox, gotta love 'em :o)
||Two words: Public Transportation.
||Hey PeterSealy, there's your idea! Folding chairs that fall flat and true unto a sure and tripless flooring plank.
||Dog Ed: Good idea about the flooring on the back of the
seat. that would cut down on the number of parts
necessary and greatly simplify the whole sysyem.
||RonHamel: Yes, there would probably need to be some
way to alert people so they get off the chair. Or maybe
there's a pressure sensor, and the chair automatically
collapses when the sitter stands up, but not before then.
||Good idea but I can't see it happening in the short term. The minute somebody gets caught in the retracting chair mechanism they will charge the altar flanked by lawyers demanding damages.