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For the Acrophobic Skyscraper-Dweller

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This week's New Yorker informs us that California orthopedic surgeon and inventor Kevin R. Stone has come up with the Rescue Reel, "a basketball-size personal-descent machine" for escaping tall buildings. The device is made up of a hook, a Kevlar and polyester line, a harness, a self-braking mechanism, and a hand brake, and starts at $1,500. So far Stone has been contacted about the Rescue Reel by a company that operates ferris wheels, the US military, and a woman who owns a condo on a high floor of the Millennium Tower in San Francisco. [New Yorker]