32-year-old Russian paraplegic Dmitry Bibikow must have really trusted the guys who owned the building he moved into. Although the building did not have an elevator and Dmitry's apartment was on the 5th floor, he went through with the purchase when the building owner promised to have an elevator installed. Six years later, Dmitry and friends took the situation into their own hands and rigged up the necessity that the building's owner must have been too busy to get taken care of. It's no glass-enclosed luxury machine, but the DIY elevator, despite looking terrifyingly DIY, seems to work well and can be operated electronically. How's that for high tech? In addition, Dmitry says that he can even beat people in a race up to the 5th floor, an accomplishment I think he totally deserves after six years of essentially being held captive by those very stairs. It's like they say, "necessity is the Mother Russia of the invention of DIY elevators." That's what they say, right?Read More
Mitsubishi has just finished installing five monster-sized elevators in Osaka, Japan, each capable of carrying 80 people apiece, by Mitsubishi's measurements, for a total of 11,574 pounds of capacity versus the 1,000 to 6,000 pounds normal elevators carry. According to CBS, these are the largest elevators ever constructed, measuring at 11.15 ft. wide, 9.2 ft. long and 8.5 ft. tall.
It's worth pointing out that these elevators wouldn't get as much bang for their buck if they were dealing with American passengers:Read More