December 23, 2008

Interactive water feature

A typical fountain or waterscape consumes less water annually than an equal surface area of grass-planted lawn. Water features can also be filled with rainwater and used as backup water storage systems for irrigation and gray water use. With these benefits in mind, Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess develop water features with interactive technologies to encourage more widespread use.

SmartFountain encourages people to engage with water and each other in playful games of call and response. A versatile, integrated software system is programmed to provide either subtle or spectacular water effects that respond to facial expressions, arm movements, or directional movements of visitors around water features.

Contact: Fountainhead, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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