How do you design a new type of elevator without installing it in an existing building? It’s a chicken/egg question that engineers have long struggled with—even using abandoned mine shafts to test new technology.
You’re on an elevator. An earthquake hits. It’s scary. The power goes out, and now you’re stuck. And you gotta go, bad. Luckily, Japan is putting emergency toilets on elevators to prevent such nightmares.
High rise buildings have used the same elevator system for decades. So why mess with a good thing? Because that good thing is one major waste of space. Friends, it's time to redesign the elevator.
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.
When you're building supertalls, there are other problems to worry about than just making sure they don't fall or blow over. One of the biggest is how to get people up to the top in a reasonable amount of time. If you've got a slow elevator the 125th floor might as well not exist.
Forget buying a stairway to heaven. Serious people are trying to build an elevator to space.
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…
The history of the elevator, if you define it as a platform that can move people and objects up and down, is actually a rather long one. Rudimentary elevators are known to have been in use in ancient Rome as far back as 336 B.C., with the first reference of one built by the talented Archimedes.
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…
It takes work to go upstairs, but it doesn't have to. That's why elevators were invented. If you want an elevator in your home, though, it takes some serious construction. Why not travel through pneumatic tubes like the Jetsons? No, seriously, you can.
If you've ever walked around in a hilly city, you've probably done your share of avoiding uphill paths. Hills have a way of carving dividing lines into a city. In Pamplona, Spain, two neighborhoods separated by elevation could be connected by this striking new outdoor elevator.
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.
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.
As a follow-up to its terrifying Ghost in the Elevator prank, Programa Silvio Santos is back with another way to scare Brazilians who apparently don't know the correct way to transport a coffin.
Theresa Christy, a mathematician who works for Otis Elevator Co (they probably power your building), told the WSJ that once you press a button and wait for the elevator, it takes about 20 seconds before you start getting impatient and annoyed.
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.
Oh, this is great fun if you want to vomit your stomach out. If this trick is true, you can make an elevator go into free fall for five feet. It's not a lot, but it's a good kick.
It's kind of hard to startle a New Yorker. That's not arrogance speaking so much as being numb to all the public masturbators by this point. Still, an elevator in a nondescript office building in Queens opening to a hellish mix of Carnivàle and a Tim Burton flick is something to see.