Austrian researchers developed a unique technology for controlling dozens of flying drones at the same time, creating a spectacular visual display at night with the drones lighting the sky in an array of colours and shapes.
‘Rain Room’ is a hi-tech indoor rainstorm which falls everywhere except on the individual walking through it. The installation, which covers more than 1,000 sq foot and uses almost 220 gallons of recirculated water every minute, uses a set of 3D cameras to detect people’s positions, turning each of its individual rain streams on or off accordingly.
Loudspeakers and microphones were recently integrated into a London taxi in a bid to make the city sound better (and sell some headphones). Headphone manufacturer, Aiaiai, drafted the services of “sound artist” Yuri Suzuki to create the Sound Taxi that records its surroundings, processes the data, translates it into music and plays it out to London’s pedestrians.
For this cool prank LG hijacked an office elevator and replaced the floor with their new IPS monitors which, when triggered by sensors, display a virtual floor falling out of the elevator, exposing the shaft. Although probably staged it is a good demonstration of the products capabilities.
The Coke dance machine grabs passersby attention with callouts from members of the South Korean boy band 2PM; shows viewers with the band members on a multiscreen video wall; and then gets them to dance along with the band, dispensing free Cokes to people who mimic the right moves. Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect technology was used to make the machine gesture interactive.