ThyssenKrupp Reveals MULTI Elevators That Would Make Wonka Proud

We love a good bit of tech here at eTeknix. Much of that tech is for gaming systems, PCs, mobiles and much more, but every now and then we see something a little bigger that stands out from the crowd. The common elevator hasn’t changed in terms of functionality for around 150 years, one technique or another has been used to propel them, but they still just go up or down and you only get one cab (typically) per shaft, but all that is about to change.

ThyssenKrupp revealed their MULTI concept over a year ago, but now they’re back to demonstrate how it works and why we will likely be seeing elevators that can go up, down, sideways, around circuits of a building and allow for many more cabs per shaft.

“With severe restrictions on space, mid to high-rise developments have proved to be the most economically and environmentally viable developments to accommodate these rapidly growing urban populations.” said ThyssenKrupp CEO Andreas Schierenbeck

Their demo model is only a one-third full scale working model, but it does a great job of showing what MULTI is capable of. The cabs ride on tracks, rather than using a pulley system. Their linear induction motors means that they can work independently of each other, even at different speeds to each other, even when on the same track. Cabs can even leave the track for maintenance, while a fresh cab takes its place.

What’s even more crazy is how the horizontal movement could be used to link buildings. If you’re in a side building of a skyscraper, hop in the lift, it moves over to the right shaft, then up to the top. This means that shafts won’t have to be limited to the central columns of each building.

“In a manner similar to a metro system operation, the MULTI design can incorporate various self-propelled elevator cabins per shaft running in a loop, increasing the shaft transport capacity by up to 50% and making it possible to reduce the elevator footprint in buildings by half… The overall increase in efficiency also translates into a lower requirement for escalators and additional elevator shafts, resulting in significant construction cost savings and increased rent revenues from the greater availability of usable space.”

Pretty cool, don’t you think?

Matrox Releases Two New GPUs for Multi-Display Setups

The players in the graphics card market have changed a lot since the 1990s where Matrox was one of the really big ones. And while Matrox isn’t among the high-end gaming consumer cards anymore, they’re still around and have recently released the new C420 and C680 graphics cards that both feature AMD GPUs.

Matrox has moved into the 2D graphics area instead, with a focus on enterprise and industrial solutions for television studios, digital signage and other activities requiring large multi-display arrays like control rooms. The mentioned AMD GPU is the Cape Verde that powered the Radeon HD 7700 series and has support for the OpenCL 1.2, OpenGL 4.4, and DirectX 11.2 standards. The C-Series cards feature 2 GB of onboard memory and secure mini DisplayPort connectivity.

Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays and more displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board frame-lock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls.

Matrox C420 is the fastest quad card with passive cooling for increased reliability and silent operation. It comes as a low-profile card with the power to drive resolutions up to 2,5160 x 1,440 pixel on the 4 connections.

With a price of $760 for the C420 and $930 for the C680, these are probably not cards for the average user, but they are interesting products none-the-less.

Thanks to Matrox for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Matrox

AOC Q2963PM 29″ UWHD AH-IPS Monitor Review


Over the last few years, we have been [in general] demanding higher and higher resolutions from our monitors, and before we even think about using a multi-screen setup – the most common resolution of choice has to be 1920×1080. Over the last year or so, we have been seeing a slow transition over to the 2560×1600 bandwagon as some users opt for bigger 27″+ panels. The problem with these through is that the cost is far greater than a 1920×1080 panel so having a pair of 22″ or 24″ panels is not uncommon – it gives a balance between the desktop space and cost that many people look for.

In a bid to give users the best option of desktop space and display aspect ratio, the 2560×1080 resolution has slowly been cropping up within the market place and in effect it is an ideal alternative for anyone that is looking at a dual 1920×1080 screen setup. The super-wide aspect of this 29″ monitor gives a single desktop space to work within, however when we move over to the gaming side of things, the extra pixels allow for a wider peripheral vision without the distraction of a bezel right in the middle of your view.

AOC’s super-wide monitor is just one of the few to now offer the new resolution, but it doesn’t just give more pixels; it also has one of the best panels on the market to show the image as well. The AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In Plane Switching) panel that AOC have chosen produces a mixture of supreme colour accuracy, high pixel density and a high level of brightness, oh and let’s not forget that it has a superb viewing angle as well. All the ingredients are there for certain, but does having a 21:9 aspect monitor really make that much of a difference?

Before we even get a chance to delve inside the box, AOC are keen to show off the screens super-wide aspect ratio and its ability to house multiple windows with ease. The blue box also has a row of the panels highlighted features laid out along the lower edge with a front and back view of the monitor found to the right.

Taking everything out of the box, we find the monitor in two parts and alongside a two-part DC power adaptor we also have a VGA display cable, HDMI cable, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, a cable tie, rubber feet and a CD containing a set of display drivers and AOC’s accompanying software for this panel.