Another day, another ingenious invention from one of China’s amateur inventors.
Zhou Miaorong, 70-something, has figured out a childish yet practical way to help seniors living in China’s occasionally combustible high-rises: A slide!
The slide is made from stainless steel and aluminum and makes the normally difficult task of walking down stairs a breeze. Zhou claims that by sliding you can cover an entire floor in just two or three seconds. So, for a 26-story high-rise, it will only take residents 90 seconds to zip out and escape.
According to The Paper, Zhou has installed the invention in his own Shanghai high-rise for testing. Normally, the slide is attached to the wall, but can be triggered to drop down on any floor. Once the slide drops on one floor, then that automatically triggers the slide to drop on each lower level, just like dominoes. In a bit of branding genius, Zhou has called his invention the “magical stairs.”
Just a word of caution, while it may seem super fun, you should definitely grab a protective cushion, stored on each floor, before going down, because the ride gets a bit bumpy.
Zhou has won acclaim from various Chinese governmental organizations for his invention. However, its application isn’t just limited to China, as he’s already applied for patents in a number of overseas countries.
While Zhou says he has been perfecting this idea for quite some time, we would prefer to think he was inspired by the recently-opened 5-story slide at a Pudong mall:
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Posted by Shanghaiist on Saturday, February 27, 2016
[Images via The Paper]