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Old 06-08-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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I just read on Popular Science magazine about a new escape harness to repeal from a window on a skyscraper as high as 100 stories for emergency situations. It automaticaly breaks while descending to prevent free falling. He got the idea after watching the 'twin towers burn'' and seeing people leap from it during 9/11.

For those interested.
Invention Awards: An Escape Harness for Skyscrapers | Popular Science
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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And people breaking out windows will kill many below with the falling glass killing those on the ground, and those descending below them.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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And people breaking out windows will kill many below with the falling glass killing those on the ground, and those descending below them.
The glass windows in sky scrappers are designed to flex, not break. It would take a heck of a lot of effort to break the window. I doubt most people would be able to do so.

Stone, the inventor, supposedly found all other high-level rescue systems to be flawed. So is this thing that he invented.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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The glass windows in sky scrappers are designed to flex, not break. It would take a heck of a lot of effort to break the window. I doubt most people would be able to do so.

Stone, the inventor, supposedly found all other high-level rescue systems to be flawed. So is this thing that he invented.
Agreed, they are some tough stuff, but many of them were broken out by people on the inside in the WTC.

And if 'unbreakable' then the escape harness is a moot point ain't it
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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I think parachutes would be much more effective... How do you repeal over burning section of building below you? How does this device work at the most critical point of the disaster... when the building is collapsing?
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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I saw a few years back (2002 I think) that a man had come up with a parachute devise for tall building. He was making them available for buildings. But I think the cost of having enough for the people would be prohibitive.
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