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.

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

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

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

Paul Dietz
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)
dietz (at)

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

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