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Elisha Otis, inventor of the world's first elevator safety brake, founded the Otis Elevator Company 160 years ago today. The innovative company has not only made skyscrapers (and thus modern cities) possible--it's also brought us conveniences like the first elevator car park and the first computer-controlled elevator. Check out the gallery for nine of the greatest Otis inventions from the Popular Science archives.
Otis Elevator Company!
I have a question sirs,
In this age of modern electronics and computers,
why when I enter a 2 floor elevator and the door
closes, the elevator doesn't automatically go
to the next floor? Why do I need to push
the floor button? I did not enter the elevator
space to just hang out!
A recent Otis accomplishment can be found in Milwaukee's Clock Shadow Building: an elevator which is gearless, without a machine-room, and regenerative. www.continuingeducation.construction.com/crs.php?L=294&C=891
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