Floating Orchestra

2011

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Floating orchestra is a playful product prototype, that mixes digital technology with the physical world. Users act as conductors, directing nineteen spheres to levitate and dance to music. Each ball represents an individual orchestral instrument that audibly increases in volume as it rises. Users get the chance to create their own soundscape by guiding the balls to levitate and dance to the music.

HOW IT WORKS

Floating Orchestra is the first in a series of installations developed by Harvey & John that exploit the Bernoulli Principle, which states that spheres will float on columns of high flow, low-pressure air. Each fan is currently controlled via the touchscreen of an iPhone, however, it may soon be controlled with the movement of your hands.