Dezeen loves... Bitfall


We've finally got our movie-playing technology sorted, which means we can at last show this video of Bitfall, the rain-printing machine developed by Julius Popp of Spherical Robots.

The movie shows the machine in action during the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris 2005. Above: simulation of Bitfall. Below: diagram showing how the magnetic valves produce water droplets that create moving imagery.

There's a short documentary about Popp and Bitfall over on YouTube. Popp's website is down at the moment so this description of Bitfall is from Information Aesthetics:


Bitfall is "a physical water sculpture with 128 synchronized magnetic valves, so that a wall of falling water drops can be perceived as a graphical bitmap matrix. A computer application selects currently popular keywords from news websites, & displays them on the transparent 'information curtain'. the 'information flow' metaphor literally demonstrates the dynamic & ever-changing character of continuous information streams from which users build their associated experiences."

Posted on Thursday November 1st 2007 at 6:10 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • fvale

    ahah very entertaining :D

  • dave

    v cool !

  • luis miguel

    very nice, but from whom is this music?

  • F


  • Morrow

    Underwater love by smoke city

  • K. Rimane

    Totally superbe!

  • horst thorn

    j. mayer h. from 1996 with the town house. come on are you boring. show sth new not stolen stuff…

  • Rain on me, beautiful


  • ehsan

    Could anyone help me
    I want to know whether it is possible such a thing but where could I find it is there any producer factory who makes a bitfall?
    please email me

  • Sarah

    We have it in Singapore!

    It’s at Raffles City right at the center of the atrium!

  • jzi

    very nice!!!! interesting piece of functional art with wit and childish idea. i hope to see one of it in cagayan de oro.