If you’re from the British Isles, you take ‘the lift’ when you want to ascend to an upper floor in a building. There’s now tech that will make your travel in an elevator a bit more unusual -
“So what exactly makes the design so special? First, it can travel sideways as well as up and down, making it ideal for building designs such as Google’s under-construction “groundscraper” in London, which, as its nickname sort of suggests, is longer than it is tall.”
Watch the video announcement from the system’s designer: ThyssenKrupp
“Otis Elevators, founded by Elisha Otis, is still the world’s largest producers of vertical transport systems. We’re still largely using cable systems to hoist elevator cabs up and down between floors, as we did in the early 1800s. And as urbanization stretches cities taller and wider, this will have to change.”
If they install this on any campuses, wouldn’t this be a cool way to get to that class you’re always late for???
Cell phones are everywhere. And pay phones have gone out of fashion. You’re probably old enough to remember them, but children in grade school today will gaze wide-eyed at you if you mention them. “Oh, that’s what those weird things are?”, is a likely reply.
Here’s a story about reuse/repurpose that is, to borrow a descriptive verbal phrase from the Brits, simply “brilliant”! This is taking the old and giving it new life…London’s red phone boxes go green, converted into solar-powered phone chargers…