Future Elevators Will Use Maglev to Go Up, Down—and Sideways

Is only going up in the elevator getting you down? Not for much longer: ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering company, has announced that it's building the next generation of elevators that will use magnetic levitation to travel up, down and side-to-side at speed in the buildings of the future. » 11/28/14 8:00am 11/28/14 8:00am

The Tallest Elevators On Earth Are Being Tested In an Old Mineshaft

Jeddah's Kingdom Tower will be taller than any other structure ever built. At more than one kilometer high, this supertall will require feats of engineering that, until now, have been the stuff of science fiction. Like the world's tallest, longest, and fastest elevators—which are being developed in a mine shaft in… » 6/09/14 3:02pm 6/09/14 3:02pm

China Just Commissioned the World's Fastest Elevators

Today, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest elevator in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global… » 4/21/14 4:41pm 4/21/14 4:41pm

Microsoft's Building Smart Elevators That Know When You Want to Get On

Smartphones, smartwatches, smart home appliances. Why not smart elevators? That's the question Microsoft asked—and then answered, by putting a Kinect camera in an elevator, training it to recognize when people want to get on, and teaching it to open the doors automatically when needed. Smart, indeed. » 1/22/14 6:40pm 1/22/14 6:40pm

New Elevator Tech Could Double How Tall Our Highest Buildings Can Be

China may be quick on the path to constructing the world's newest tallest building ever, but should they succeed, their reign is probably going to be fairly short-lived—and all because of an elevator. More specifically, an elevator that can travel up to 1000 meters—two times higher than any built before it. » 6/11/13 5:40pm 6/11/13 5:40pm

Elevator Shelving Means You'll Never Have To Reach Again

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but this time it was actually the mother of Canadian inventor Shlomo Shwartz. When he saw her using a stool to grab something from an out-of-reach shelf, he was inspired to come up with a safer solution. And so the Shelevator—an elevator for shelves—was born. » 10/24/12 10:47am 10/24/12 10:47am

Firefighter Rescues Man from Stuck Elevator, Both Immediately Get…

Getting stuck in an elevator's rare, but you assume the experience would fall somewhere between the opening of Speed and a late-night Cinemax flick. A Chicago man turn it into Groundhog Day when, after being rescued from one elevator, he promptly got stuck in another on the way back down to safety. » 2/06/12 2:49pm 2/06/12 2:49pm

Squatters Live in a 45-Story Skyscraper with No Elevator. They Have…

Squatters in Venezuela have found a home in an unfinished 45-story skyscraper in Venezuela. They call their home the "Tower of David", after the financier who tried to build it in the '90s. People live up to the 28th floor in the elevator-less building and have jury-rigged electricity and water to every inhabited… » 3/05/11 9:00pm 3/05/11 9:00pm