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Kevin had the beginnings of a homebrew elevator in his house. The cab was lifted and lowered by a hydraulic forklift ram, but it didn’t have the right logic circuits to make it work like an elevator does. He approached Michael, who helped him plan and install the control system for it. After a few revisions, they got it just right. Be sure to read the full story of how they got it working and check out the video of the elevator in action:

[via Hack a Day]
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Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. t-bird says:

    That is cool. Industrial-strength cool. Love that you did it without throwing a computer into the mix. That makes it a beautiful piece of work.

  2. This is about as scary of an article as I can remember reading. This is a dangerous set up and eventually will kill someone. You should remove this post/article from your website. There is an elevator code that specifically requires that equipment be built and designed to specific safety requirements which this home made system does not meet. Have fun getting sued!

  3. Dear Kevin, Dear Michael,
    Very interesting.
    I am looking for a maul or a book to direct me how to assmble an elevator controllers of different types such as Geared , VVVF, Hydraulic or even geraless.
    Teach me what is the parts needed for each type and how the wiring diagram for each of them.

    Looking to hear from you,

    Yours,
    Eng. A.A. Momen

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