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.…

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