Tokyo to get world’s first ‘maglev’ elevator

TOKYO, Japan (AP) — The world’s first elevators controlled by magnetic levitation will debut as early as 2008, a Tokyo-based company said Tuesday.

Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp. will employ so-called maglev technology — capable of suspending objects in mid-air through the combination of magnetic attraction and repulsion — to control the lifts, it said in a statement.

The maglev elevators will be quieter and more comfortable and will travel 300 meters (984 feet) per minute — not as fast as the company’s conventional lifts that can move up to 1,010 meters (3,314 feet) a minute, Toshiba said.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/01/17/maglev.lift.ap/index.html

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~ by khamael on January 18, 2006.

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