Dot Matrix Fountain Display

The Osaka Station City shopping mall complex in Osaka, Japan opened a few months ago with a really cool fountain display as one of the features:

(the video gets a little repetitive although the kids’ reactions towards the end are fun)

The fountain works on the same principle as a dot matrix printer – a matrix of solenoid-controlled valves block or release drops or streams of water to create the images. The display is controlled by a PC and with the appropriate image processing algorithm(s), it can be pretty simple to have it display whatever graphic you like. In Osaka, it shows the time and some other pertinent information but also some nice nature and music images and animations. It’s a great example of using technology to fuse art and functionality – I’d love to try to make one myself!

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