Here's an entertaining gadget -- a waterfall over a miniature Mayan temple that responds to music. Speakers and lights are built into the Mayan pyramid, and water flows through the center of the gadget for a powerful overall effect. The device includes six main components: a pyramid plexiglass body, a water system, a control unit, speakers, and the output screen with the LEDs.
The creators of the Mayan Water Sound Fountain: (left to right) Torry Neuhoff, Joseph Kopacz, and Topher Peter.(Philip Karlberg is not pictured.)
You are quite right - notce I didn't comment on the design, jus the ligthing. We designed a 10-foot diameter, 9-foot long chandelier composed of 5,500 glass fibre optics light guides that has 9 colors pllus combinations for Christmas, Easter and Fourth of July, all push button operated. It only consumes 2070 watts, and runs from 5 PM to 2 AM daily. Patrons entering the restaurant for the first time all say, WOW!
Cool, but not exactly groundbreaking. If they put their mind to it, they could come up with a far more engaging dynamic and fluid display. I've seen more exciting music to visual displays on a computer screen with your choice of 1000's of effects. Engaging project though. Take it to the next level for true genius. What would Steve Jobs do with this?
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