A friend of ELEVATOR WORLD recently spent the holidays in L.A., and, while there, captured a few pretty neat vertical-transportation installations she shared with us. Below are the breathtaking elevator in the five-story central court of the historic Bradbury Building, featured prominently in the 1980s classic sci-fi movie Bladerunner, the panoramic, round Mitsubishi Electric elevator in The Broad modern art museum, a sturdy-yet-stylish accessibility elevator in the Metro and Angel’s Flight, a landmark 2 ft., 6 in. narrow gauge funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of downtown.
Ever since I became an “elevator person,” friends and family have taken the time to capture pictures of the interesting elevators and escalators they encounter during their everyday travels. This holiday season, I received a couple of neat photos from friends who were spending time in L.A. and New Orleans. Check them out!
Six-year-old Olive poses in front of the elevators at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, which she visited with her mom and grandma to see the always amazing holiday decorations.
1920s-era cage style elevator in a friend’s L.A. Koreatown apartment building
Escalator in the Redline Metro Station at Wilshire and Vermont in L.A.
The staircase in the same Koreatown apartment building is pretty amazing, too.
You may have seen a video making the rounds on the Internet in the past few weeks showing a robotic “dog” quickly and jerkily making its way up to an elevator call button panel, quickly punching a button, then hopping in for ride. The video serves as a showcase for a new software framework developed by roboticists in Switzerland that operates a prototype four-legged robot called ANYmal. Both the software and ANYmal were developed by Robotics Systems Lab of ETH Zurich, and will be presented at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Robotics and Automation Society’s upcoming conference in Mexico on November 15-17.
While the ANYmal is undeniably neat, it kind of gives me the creeps. It’s freaky fast, bringing to mind the zombies in the movie World War Z or the rapidly evolving vampire-like monsters in The Strain series. UPDATE: A colleague pointed out the video may have been sped up. Still freaks me out.