The Elevators Of The Future Will Float On Magnets
While cars, computers, and a wide range of other technologies have benefitted from new designs and novel advances, the elevator has lagged behind. In most buildings, elevators still use the same cable-based system they did when they were invented. But some are working to revolutionize this system with the same technology used by high-speed rail: magnets. By using electromagnets to create linear motors that would drive each elevator car on a cushion of air, an elevator system would be freed of its cables and allowed to move in all directions.
This technology could open up possibilities far beyond passenger convenience. Without the limit of cable length, elevators could get even taller, thereby letting skyscrapers reach new heights. With the ability to move horizontally, constraints on building shapes could be eased, allowing for new and creative designs.
To learn more about elevators and how they might shape our future cities, watch the videos below.
For more about how magnets are helping shape the future, check out our series, Curiosity and Motorola Present: The Power of Magnets.