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'Willy Wonka' elevator has become a reality


Posted on Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 | Comment icon 6 comments

Could vertical-only elevators be a thing of the past ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Harrihealey02
German company ThyssenKrupp has developed an elevator that can go horizontally as well as vertically.
Like Willy Wonka's glass elevator in the Roald Dahl classic 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', the impressive new system will enable passengers to travel, not just to the upper floors, but across the entire width of a building as well.

The new elevator uses magnetic linear induction motors in place of traditional cables and has been designed to operate in some of the modern world's tallest and most expensive skyscrapers.

Known as the MULTI elevator system, the new design reduces the amount of infrastructure needed to support an elevator and is no longer limited by the weight of a cable.

A demonstration and explanation of the new design can be viewed below.


Source: Gizmodo | Comments (6)

Tags: Elevator

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seeder on 28 June, 2017, 7:00
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam on 28 June, 2017, 8:19
Great idea.. But it does not fly like the willy wonka one.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Myles on 28 June, 2017, 12:14
Pretty cool, but I'm not a fan of Thyssen Krupp. I use them to repair and maintain the elevators at my plant and they are a little less than satisfactory.
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 on 28 June, 2017, 14:39
Wonkalator, gimbalator, angleator, TARDIS (Trunnion and relative dimension in space) ...
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 28 June, 2017, 17:49
The Enterprise lifts did the same thing in Star Trek. t was only shown a couple of times on TOS and TNG series.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Chaldon on 28 June, 2017, 20:43
Yuri Mamin's version:


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