Shaping Water with Waves – Japan’s AMOEBA (Advanced Multiple Organized Experimental Basin)

Just think of the insane calculations that have gone into this (formulas known as Bessel functions) – Researchers at the Akishima Laboratories in Japan developed a device that uses waves to write on water:

The shape manipulation of the water is so precise that you would be forgiven for thinking you’re looking at CGI effects from James Cameron’s The Abyss.

The primary purpose of the machine is apparently to conduct tests for water safety and the shape-drawing thing is just an added perk.

Although I think the laboratories expect this technology to be incorporated into amusement devices. Things that combine acoustics, lighting and fountain technology, installed at theme parks and hotels say.

One commenter had this to post:

The freeze-frame [above] implies that they’ve creating a static shape in the water, and they didn’t. They can create waves which – in one moment – forms a shape. Impressive, but not mind-blowing.

Costing at LEAST the equivalent of a million dollars for a tank that sophisticated, if they were using it solely for drawing shapes on the water I’d have to go hit somebody in charge somewhere. – Rob A

~ by Fionnlagh on June 23, 2010.

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