Tuesday, 21 Dec, 2010 Technology

Latest Invention: Machine that Produces Rainbows


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A professor from the Virginia Commonwealth University developed a device that can create artificial rainbows.

The machine of Michael Jones McKean uses natural materials to make rainbows that people were able to see during various tests the inventor carried out in parking lots for several years.

Now the developer looks forward to building a larger installation that will be mounted at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.

In the summer of 2011, McKean plans to create rainbows twice a day and everyone will be able to observe them for about 15 minutes. In order to produce the rainbows the inventor will use rainwater collected from the roof the Bemis Center and solar energy.

The technology involved in the process makes use photovoltaic panels to produce solar energy that is used to power a system of high-powered jet pumps. The latter are combined with custom fountain nozzles that are used to spray water up in the air. Thus McKean creates ideal conditions for the formation of a rainbow, reports Inhabitat.

According to McKean, people will be able to see his artificial rainbows from as far as 1000 feet away.

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