London - Boldly going where no man has gone before is, as yet, beyond its powers.
But for beaming you up to the bedroom from the sitting room, this could be perfect.
Especially if you don’t mind giving up a corner of yourhome to a glass-panelled pod that looks like a Star Trek-style transporter crossed with a shower cubicle.
Measuring 3ft 8in (about 110cm) at its widest, the hexagonal pod travels from floor to floor using a hydraulic mechanism hidden in the two pillars at its rear. The contraption’s “load capacity” is 39 stone (about 247kg), meaning two people can easily use it at once.
Terry Lifts, the makers of the “Lifestyle home lift”, which costs £13 000 to £15 000, have billed it as “a lift to future-proof your home” and claim it is “designed to make your life easier, allowing you to travel between floors smoothly, quietly, safely and in style.”