"The Cube" “The Cube” (Source: Ardent Credit Union).

Philadelphia, Penn.-based Ardent Credit Union has patented an expandable cube-like system that it says could soon be a more affordable, innovative way for credit unions to expand their branch footprints.

According to diagrams attached to the credit union’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filings, the cube system consists of three rectangular sections that expand and contract using scissor-like arms. The system is about 10 feet tall, 10 feet wide and about 14 feet long when closed, but it expands to 24 feet and provides two five-foot-wide aisles between the two ends. A key and a button expand and contract the system, and power and data come in through the middle section, which doesn’t move.

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