Excursion Funnel

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| image=FileExcursion funnel.svg|250px
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| name=Excursion Funnel
| affiliation=Aperture Science
| type=WikipediaTractor beam|Tractor beam made of liquid WikipediaAsbestos|asbestos
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| usedby=Chell
ATLAS and P-body | entity= | designer= | voicedby= | hidei= | hideu= | hideg=yes }} {{QuoteRefInline|Asbestos is harmless!|Excursion Funnel diagramhttp//gameinformer.com/mag/portal2.aspx Game Informer, April 2010 issue}} The '''Excursion Funnel''' is a testing element used in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center|Enrichment Center several decades after ''Portal'', and appears in ''Portal 2''. ==Overview== FileFunnel inside.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Inside an Excursion Funnel, facing its emitter. *Created from at least 1998, Excursion Funnels are used by Aperture Science as part of an investigation into how well Test Subjects can solve problems while traveling violently through a churning funnel of liquid WikipediaAsbestos|asbestos. According to the Aperture Science scientists, results as far as 1998 were highly informative; they cannot. *Acting as a WikipediaTractor beam|tractor beam, the Excursion Funnel is powered by a round emitter placed on a wall, containing three gleaming, blue orbs. From each orb leaves a thread that swirls on itself in a spiral, the three threads making up the Funnel itself, a seemingly infinite transparent blue cylinder.http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFWkng6biNI Excursion Funnel demonstration on Combine OverWiki's YouTube channel Combined with Teleportation|portals, it can transport Test Subjects or objects to otherwise unreachable areas. *The Excursion Funnel can be reversed in certain test chambers by activating a 1500 Megawatt Aperture Science Heavy Duty Super-Colliding Super Button. This causes the funnel to turn orange and attract objects instead of repelling them. *"''Asbestos is harmless!''" appears to be the Excursion Funnel's slogan, and a registered trademark of Aperture Science. *If the player is about to die through misplacing a portal that is redirecting an Excursion Funnel, the game automatically rearranges their portals to save them from death.Dave Saunders states in the Developer commentary ''Excursion Funnel'' "''As a solution, we now detect when the player places the wrong portal in hopes of saving themselves; we help them out by moving their other portal under the excursion funnel source.''" *The mechanics of the "liquid asbestos" aspect of excursion funnels is currently unknown. It is likely that the device generates a type of tractor beam, which propels a liquid mixture of several elements, one of these being liquified asbestos. ==Related Achievements== {|class=wikitable style="vertical-aligncenter;" width=50% |- !colspan="2" style="text-alignleft"|''Portal 2 Achievements and Trophies|Portal 2'' |- |rowspan=2 width=64px|FileTRACTOR BEAM.jpg !style="text-alignleft"|Tunnel of Funnel (15G) |- |''Master the Excursion Funnel.'' |- |rowspan=2 width=64px|FileEXCURSION FUNNELS.jpg !style="text-alignleft"|Obstacle Building (15G) |- |''Complete all test chambers in the Excursion Funnels co-op course.'' |- |} ==Behind the scenes== FileExcursion funnel poster first.jpg|The original diagram, with a Super Button in place of the emitter.|thumb|200px The Excursion Funnel was first revealed through a diagram in the April, 2010 issue of Game Informer. In the diagram, a 1500 Megawatt Aperture Science Heavy Duty Super-Colliding Super Button serves as a placeholder for the Funnel's emitter. For an updated (and moving) diagram revealed during E3 2010, the Button was replaced by the definitive device. ==Trivia== So far it is unknown why while the Excursion Funnel was already in use in 1998 as it is not seen in the first ''Portal'', set over 20 years later.http//gameinformer.com/b/podcasts/archive/2010/03/26/special-edition-podcast-portal-2.aspx Special Edition Podcast Portal 2 - podcast on Game Informer However, it is likely that Chell simply did not venture into Test Chambers containing the Excursion Funnel during this time. ==Gallery== FileExcursion funnel poster.jpg|An updated diagram. FileFunnel diag1.jpg|A more updated diagram, showing a horizontal funnel. FileFunnel diag2.jpg|Ditto, showing a vertical funnel. FilePortal 2 coop jan 22 4.jpg|ATLAS and P-body floating through the Excursion Funnel. Filesp a4 tb intro0000.jpg|Excursion Funnel's emitter. FileWheatleyTC1.png|Excursion Funnel, seen in Wheatley's testing track Chamber 01|Test Chamber 01. Filesp a4 tb wall button0003.jpg|Ditto, seen in Wheatley's testing track Chamber 03|Test Chamber 03. FilePeti tbeam.png|Excursion Funnel icon in ''Perpetual Testing Initiative''. ==List of appearances== *''Portal 2'' {{1st}} *''The Final Hours of Portal 2'' *''Peer Review'' * ''Perpetual Testing Initiative'' *''Lego Dimensions'' {{Nc}} ==References== {{Reflist}} ==External links== *{{YouTube|cFWkng6biNI|Demonstration video}} {{Technology}} {{Aperture}} CategoryAperture Science technology CategoryTechnology CategoryPortal 2 CategoryAperture Science testing elements