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Gerbil Wheel Elevator

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Because, apparently, stairs are too easy, some Estonian designers have proposed these human-powered elevators.  It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, probably considerably more fun than stairs, and requires absolutely no electricity.  However, it doesn't look cheaper, easier or safer than stairs, so they probably won't be widely implemented. 

It's an interesting rethinking of the elevator nonetheless, and I love the accompanying drawing.  And the innovation itself might be enough for it to be implemented in interesting architectural spaces like outdoor gardens or art museums.
 
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written by Rob., September 20, 2006
It would keep you fit, as it looks like harder work than climbing stairs.
For coming down, you could have an empty shaft, with a trampoline at the bottom. smilies/smiley.gif

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written by Glenn, September 23, 2006
What if you set up a cable / pulley system to move it vertically, instead? It would still be hard work, but you could fit it into a normal sized elevator shaft.
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written by Celia, January 11, 2007
Since people are complaining about being overweight (not me), this would be a great idea. It sounds like it works like a yo-yo. A person wouldn't be able to wear heels in a contraption like this. That would be better for one's health also. Oh, what sweet torture. smilies/grin.gif
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written by Barbara, December 10, 2007
I'm not much of an engineer, but it seems it should be possible to build a 1-2 person elevator using gears and buy kamagra chain that can be operated by hand turning a crank. I would be very interested in building something like this in my house to help my crummy-kneed partner upstairs. Know of any resources or plans?

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