Submerging Technologies

Three interactive water displays: a tantalizing fountain that withdraws when a hand comes near, a musical harp with water "strings," and a liquid touchscreen.

Enhanced Life
The displays apply emerging sensing technologies to the medium of water. In each case, the electro-optic properties of the water itself are exploited to make the water a fundamental element of the sensing system.

Goal
To show, somewhat whimsically, how emerging sensing technologies can be applied in unusual ways.

Innovation
The core technical innovation is the use of capacitive and optical sensing techniques in which the fluid itself serves as the sensing element.

Vision
While there are serious industrial applications in coating, painting, and soldering for these sensing technologies, this project focuses on human interaction. The larger point is that as new sensing technologies become available, they can and will be used in very surprising ways to change how we interact with our world.

Emerging Technologies Sketch

Contact
Paul Dietz
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)
dietz (at) merl.com

Contributors
Jefferson Y. Han
New York University
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

John Barnwell
Jonathan Westhues
William Yerazunis
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)