#1423: Evacables

Today’s invention is (yet) another way for people to escape from skyscrapers in an emergency.

Since these buildings tend to cluster together in city centres, if there is a fire in one, the idea is to run cables onto the roofs of surrounding, shorter towers.

These cables would connected to several other neighbouring buildings and be embedded in walls and ground surfaces.

In an escape situation, the cables would be rapidly tightened (using winches or dropweights) and a sequence of previously attached, window-sized pods would be filled with people and slid down the cables to comparative safety.

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