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Sortable Hotel

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A capsule hotel where each capsule is attached to the wall separately and each wall houses a large, robust mechanism that allows the movement of any or all of the capsules on the wall to a different point on the wall. Thus, capsules are sortable by whatever criterion/a the operator wishes.

Also, the same technology could be applied to mortuaries, morgues and wall-based tombs etc. but probably using more dry ice and lightning effects like out of some 80s sci-fi film.

calum, May 24 2004

Capsule Hotel http://aaroninjapan...okyo_capsulerow.jpg
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Cube http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0123755/
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Hypercube: Cube 2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285492/
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Gleaming the Cube http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097438/
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Hilbert's Hotel http://en.wikipedia..._of_the_Grand_Hotel
Regarding a half-baked application of this half-baked idea. [iivix, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       very....HB. Are you living in a bubble ?
neilp, May 24 2004

       Baked plus added amusing death-traps: Movie called The Cube.
FloridaManatee, May 24 2004

       why would anyone need to sort the capsules? or is it justy to confuse the drunks inside?
engineer1, May 24 2004

       Why? Um. Er. I'll get back to you on that.
calum, May 24 2004

       the people who tip the best can be moved nearer the bar and the bathroom.
po, May 24 2004

       I think you're missing a trick here Calum, by just moving them within the hotel. Move them to a different country while they sleep and you'll get my bun. You pay your money and go to sleep with not the faintest idea where you'll wake up in the morning. Fun and exciting!
spacemoggy, May 24 2004

       Why? I'll tell you for why for hotels:
1. To afford the weary traveller or corpse a gentle rocking motion, reminiscent of their babyhood park trips in the pram, to help them drift off.
2. To disorient the traveller by means of disorganisational acts of petty evil.
3. To allow arthritic people to gain access to and egress from their tubes with greater ease.

       And for places for the dead for why:
1. To allow technocentric cemetery browsers to look at all the tombstones, grouped by age, dates of birth and death, cause of death.
2. 'cause it'd be way cool, especially with the dry ice and everything.
3. Just cos, OK?
calum, May 25 2004

       So it's basically pointless but possibly 'cool'? Well, bun then.
spacemoggy, May 25 2004

       This would also work well for kennels. If I ran a sortable kennel I could arrange the animals according to preferred feeding time, or group them so as to separate the most agressive, or have the pets ready for collection by their owners, in order of agreed collection date/time.   

       Or it could be by who has the longest tail or the worst breath. Whatever.
dobtabulous, May 25 2004

       That's dangerously close to a useful suggestion, [dobtabulous].
calum, May 25 2004

       The Cube. Very strange movie. First saw it chez Po. Don't remember any dry ice, though.
egbert, May 25 2004

       At least this would create less disruption in Hlbert's Hotel.   

       Hilbert's Hotel has an infinite number of rooms. Every room is, however, filled by a guest. How does Hilbert accomodate a new guest when he arrives?   

       Simple, he moves the guest in room 1 into room 2, the guest in room 2 into room 3, and so on, and then slots the new guest in room one. Why does this work? Because you can always add one to infinity, and still have infinity.   

       Now of course, all Hilbert needs to do is move each capsule along one, and slot in a new one where the first one was.
iivix, May 26 2004


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