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Houses of the near future can replace stairs with this Star Trek-like elevator

The new Terry Lifestyle Lift
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To boldly go where no elevator has gone before…
By Gabriel Fisher
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Aging Star Trek enthusiasts are in luck.

There is now a futuristic elevator on the market that bears a strong resemblance to the lifts of the classic TV show.

Terry Lifts, a British elevator company, has designed a compact hexagonal-shaped box that can transport people from floor to floor. The company is marketing the elevator as an elegant replacement for a stairlift, which it argues is both an uglier and more permanent addition than the Terry Lifestyle Lift.

“You could describe it as a high-end chair lift. People don’t want, in many cases, a chair-lift on their beautiful staircase and they don’t necessarily want a lift,” John McSweeney, marketing director for Terry Lifts, told Reuters. He added that “it’s never the elephant in the room.”

A spokesperson for the company tells Quartz that the contraption can be installed in a few days and easily removed when, say, a house is sold to another owner.

It wins extra brownie points for its Star-Trek look, which the company says was not intentional. (That comparison beats the one made by people who say it looks like a shower cubicle, the company tells Quartz.)

So far, the company has sold more than 200 lifts, many to customers overseas.

Terry Lifts
Beam me up, Scotty!
Terry Lifts
Resistance is futile.

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