Rain Room

So this is what it feels like to be able to control the rain. The Rain Room, an art installation by rAndom International, is a large room where it rains indoor. The trick is that cameras detect the visitors' positions to turn off the individual rain strems directly overhead. The result is quite magical: you can walk through pouring rain without getting wet, no umbrellas required.

The art installation, which made its splash at the Barbican in London, is now coming to the MoMA in New York. If you can't make it, check out the video clip below:

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One day some years ago I was convinced that the array of up-shooting fountainheads at Universal Citywalk were pressure-sensitive and would turn off for passing pedestrians. Not sure how I decided that was true, but I was totally convinced. One day, to show off to a visiting friend, I said, 'Hey! Watch this!' And I strode confidently forward toward the fountain jets...
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