Once it's swallowed up by a series of pneumatic tubes, the canister embarks on a dark, shadowy journey unseen by the human eye. But now we have GoPros, and now we can see exactly what the inside of a pneumatic tube system looks like.
It's not easy being a migratory fish these days. Not only do you have to deal with natural obstacles like friggin bears, there are also man-made obstacles standing in the way—like 500-foot-tall dams. One enterprising company has figured out a safe and effective way to get around these problems: a fish cannon.
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.
New Yorkers have a history of experimenting with pneumatic tubes—both for mail delivery (seen above) and public transit—but only one version ever really stuck: An automated vacuum trash collection system beneath the streets of Roosevelt Island. According to two recent studies, this 40-year-old relic might hold the…
7,000 times a day, the staff at Stanford Hospital launch a sample or some other vital object through their four miles of pneumatic tubing. Because the internet is good at sending emails, but not chunks of stomach lining.
Before the internet, an actual series of tubes really was the best way to transport messages quickly. OObject has complied an amazing list of these systems—some dating as far back as the 19th century. [OObject]