“Floating Orchestra” by UK-based Poietic Studio is a musical instrument that levitates 19 balls on jets of air–each ball represents an instrument, with instrument volume corresponding to ball height (video demo). The apparatus is controlled by an iPhone.
It’s proven to be hugely successful in engaging the public of all ages. A fun and engaging experience, that mixes digital technology with the physical world. There’s something intrinsically captivating about a levitating sphere and to have direct control over those spheres is a magical experience.
We recently wrote about another Poietic project, the Tropism Well, an ingenious sculptural drinking fountain.