Thursday, March 26, 2015

Elevator that travels sideways!

A lift -which moves sideways as well as vertically much like the one in `Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' -has been designed by a German company .
The “Multi“ is engineered to use magnetic force instead of clunky weights and cables, which elevator
firm ThyssenKrupp -who announced the development on Thursday-say will save power to help it run more economically .

The characters in Roald Dahl's widely-loved story are “flung off their feet on to the floor“ as Willy Wonka's glass elevator moves sideways, whizzes around corners before flying off into the sky.

However, the real-life model can only go up, down and sideways but the company says it will allow multiple lifts to occupy a single shaft to help boost passenger capacity by up to 50%. When a lift reaches the top of a shaft, it will move horizontally before descending via another channel in a “near-constant“ loop formation to allow more than one carriage of people to be shuttled around a building.

They also hope the new system which the company claims is the most ground-breaking since the invention of the lift 160 years ago -will help cut waiting time down to around 15 to 30 seconds.

Patrick Bass, head of research and development at ThyssenKrupp, said: “With this technology , the limits (on high-rise structures) will be removed and we will have futuristic buildings that previously could only be dreamed of,“ according to The Financial Times.

1 comment:

  1. It was just a matter of time wasn't it. You dream it up and someone will make it a reality.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺