From the massive Buland Darwaza in India to the turnstiles of the New York subway, gates have always provided the same utilitarian purpose of controlling ingress and egress at particular locations. The mechanism by which this happens can be vastly varied from gate to gate, but their function nevertheless remains the same.
Occasionally, someone comes along and puts a twist on classic convention. In this instance, a small car approaches what appears to be a cattle grid in the countryside. A traditional gate like this would normally require the driver to get out of his or her car to unlock and open the gate, and then exit the vehicle again to close the gate once they have driven through. Though typically more costly, you could also purchase an electronic gate, which could allow for access via keypad or remote sensor. That would, of course, assume you have access to electricity, or the means to pay for a solar installation.
Now there’s another alternative. Watch as the car in the video below approaches the inclined wooden slats of this unique gate. The weight of the vehicle pushes the incline down flat, which in turn causes the wooden gate to split down the middle and open up like the parting of the Red Sea. This particular gate might be an example of “form over function,” as it wouldn’t stop a random driver from accessing the property, and cattle wouldn’t cross the inclined slats regardless of whether the gate was there or not. Still, it gives the perception of security to an outsider…and looks rather awesome in action.
What did you think of this clever contraption? Have you ever seen anything like it? What other applications for this kind of design can you imagine? Let us know in the comments below, and share this if you love cool innovations and thinking outside the box.