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November 3, 2011 8:27 AM   Subscribe

Osaka Station City has a digital clock (yt) which is made of water droplets (yt).
posted by marginaliana (38 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
So great, it doesn't even need to be a clock too but it is!
posted by girlhacker at 8:33 AM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh wow, that is super duper cool. I know what I'm putting on my Quonsmas list!
posted by phunniemee at 8:34 AM on November 3, 2011


Not the most effective clock in the world, but definitely a lovely and creative piece of art.
posted by missix at 8:35 AM on November 3, 2011


Pretty! Needs more time-displaying.
posted by eugenen at 8:35 AM on November 3, 2011


There's a smaller installation like this in Kyoto Station, too. Such a great idea.
posted by pts at 8:39 AM on November 3, 2011


I disagree - telling time seems much to banal for what is a really cool concept. In fact, based on the youtube videos I've seen of this a lot of what is displayed is really boring. Good hardware implementation, but weak artistic sensibility. Maybe now that it is in place they will let artists and graphic designers work with it.

It is disappointing since there are some really cool moments - like this one - that hint at so much more potential.
posted by ianhattwick at 8:41 AM on November 3, 2011


Even more reason to visit Osaka.
posted by schwa at 8:53 AM on November 3, 2011


Totally cool, awesome TMTOTH.
posted by Melismata at 8:58 AM on November 3, 2011


Double
posted by Obscure Reference at 9:03 AM on November 3, 2011


"What are your qualifications for this job as a digital fountain designer?"

"Well, in the 1980s, I spent a lot of time developing ASCII art..."
posted by jiawen at 9:03 AM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Train stations in Japan often have interesting bits of public art.

In the Tokyo suburb of Machida there's the kuru-kuru (a big animated sculpture that rotates named for the onomatopoeia for "to go around and around"). Oddly, finding photographs of the kuru-kuru online is ridiculously hard, searching in both English and Japanese I can't find any. I've got one at home though and will post later if anyone wants.
posted by sotonohito at 9:08 AM on November 3, 2011


Metafilter: it is disappointing since there are some really cool moments
posted by KokuRyu at 9:10 AM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I recall seeing a similar display at the Jeep booth at the Detroit Auto Show.
posted by RhymesWithToaster at 9:17 AM on November 3, 2011


Here it is, with some interesting background information.
posted by RhymesWithToaster at 9:20 AM on November 3, 2011


I want to paint the wall black and do rear projection from three or four sources onto the water droplets so they freaking glitter in synchronized true colour.
posted by seanmpuckett at 9:21 AM on November 3, 2011


Brings to mind .
posted by stirfry at 9:35 AM on November 3, 2011


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh0XoTUoEGA&feature=fvsr

That also.
posted by stirfry at 9:35 AM on November 3, 2011


Now we just need to work out how to build a thinner version of the machine, and wrangle all of the piping to fit enough of them together to make a 3D water display! Then put it in orbit and write hundred mile long messages in the sky!
posted by lucidium at 9:37 AM on November 3, 2011


Warning! If you need to go to the bathroom do not stop at Osaka Station City.
posted by phirleh at 9:46 AM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm just going to add valuable imput to the conversation by noting that THAT'S AWESOME.
posted by maryr at 9:46 AM on November 3, 2011


This is one of those neat things I see and think, "Damn, it would be fun to make one of those!" And then I realize my living space is already too cluttered with half-finished projects.
posted by exogenous at 9:46 AM on November 3, 2011


Hmmm... I wonder how hard it would be to hack together one of these with an Arduino?
posted by JHarris at 11:00 AM on November 3, 2011


Oddly, finding photographs of the kuru-kuru online is ridiculously hard, searching in both English and Japanese I can't find any. I've got one at home though and will post later if anyone wants.

Yes, please.
posted by arm's-length at 11:35 AM on November 3, 2011


> Pretty! Needs more time-displaying.

I was tickled by the illusion that it was only showing the time when no one was looking.

posted by mmrtnt at 12:08 PM on November 3, 2011


Question: why does the 'image' seem to stretch as is falls? Shouldn't all the water be falling at the same speed?
posted by leotrotsky at 12:49 PM on November 3, 2011


Question: why does the 'image' seem to stretch as is falls? Shouldn't all the water be falling at the same speed?

The drops are accelerating at 66 feet per second per second. So the drops near the bottom are going faster than the ones which have just been released.
posted by smoothvirus at 12:52 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


I want to see rule 34 applied to one of those. Unexpected waterfall porn.
posted by Peztopiary at 12:54 PM on November 3, 2011


and on a semi-related note I just found out that if I ask Siri what the terminal velocity of a raindrop is, she has no idea what I'm even talking about.
posted by smoothvirus at 1:00 PM on November 3, 2011


I'm betting that somewhere there's a patent holder for water, and they're mobilizing their attorneys.
posted by crapmatic at 1:01 PM on November 3, 2011


I wonder how hard it would be to hack together one of these with an Arduino?

It might be hard to address that many outputs, though there's probably some way to multiplex it or something. Google found some possibly suitable solenoid water valves for decorative fountains -- some simple electronics after the logic outputs could supply enough current to power the valves.
posted by exogenous at 2:36 PM on November 3, 2011


Ok, I went straight to gaming with this one. I'm envisioning a little man with an umbrella or a bucket at the bottom controlled by a joystick with the goal of catching or avoiding the water.
posted by calamari kid at 5:20 PM on November 3, 2011


Warning! If you need to go to the bathroom do not stop at Osaka (Station).

Yeah, lavatories at Japanese railway stations smell incredibly, awfully, terribly, frighteningly bad (this is not a joke).
posted by KokuRyu at 11:19 PM on November 3, 2011


If I ever win the lottery I am getting one of these for my hallway. For now it would make an amazing screensaver.
posted by epo at 6:28 AM on November 4, 2011


Aren't these water displays everywhere now?
posted by planetkyoto at 6:57 AM on November 4, 2011


Apparently I didn't actually take a picture of the kuru-kuru, but a friend did:

Pic of the whole thing: http://imgur.com/RHfXe

A pic of the base: http://imgur.com/LGhdC

There's a motor in the base causing it to rotate, thus the name.
posted by sotonohito at 4:19 AM on November 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


Here's a video of the Machida monument, but it is sadly stationary.
posted by armage at 5:47 AM on November 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


Warning! If you need to go to the bathroom do not stop at Osaka Station City.

Considering that Osaka Station City alone encompasses a massive train station, multiple shopping complexes, two department stores, a cinema, a hotel, and two office towers, and there are likely dozens of restrooms within the complex proper (not to mention the surrounding area of Umeda which is one of Osaka's main commercial centers), this is rather ridiculous advice...
posted by armage at 5:52 AM on November 7, 2011


I want to see rule 34 applied to one of those. Unexpected waterfall porn.

This being Japan, I'm not sure I'd want to see the kind of images one would produce...
posted by armage at 5:54 AM on November 7, 2011


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