The Levytator: A Curvy, Twisty, Bendy, Swooping, Free-Forming Escalator

Meet the Levytator, the world’s first escalator that can go around corners. Thanks to its curved, interlocking steps, the Levytator can snake across hillsides, departure lounges and shopping malls in any shape the architect likes.

Unlike traditional escalators, the Levytator’s steps follows freeform curves which enables it to bend and turn like no escalator can. With the Levytator, it’s no longer just up and down.

Even more unique, the Levytator doesn’t have any “redundant” steps. Meaning that the steps you use to go up are the same set of steps you use to go down. In typical escalators, if you go up, you’re using one set of steps. If you’re going down, you’re using another. Each set of steps are independent of another and always pulled back up or down underneath the steps you’re actually standing on.

But with the Levytator, there’s nothing that needs to be pulled underneath, it can “utilize a continuous loop” which allows the Levytator to “follow any path upwards, flatten and straighten out, and descend once more”. Watch the video above, if your traditional escalator using self can’t imagine such a thing.

The patented design was invented by Professor Jack Levy of the City University, London. What’s funny is the last name of the professor shows up in the first letter of the word Levytator

via [City University London], [Wired]

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