Wednesday, 18 Aug, 2010 Offbeat

Hydraulophone - Water-Based Musical Instrument


Steve Mann, who works as a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto, came up with hydraulophone, a unique musical instrument that takes the form of a fish.

The instrument is based on water and features 12 water jets that shoot water from 12 holes (a note for each hole). Music is produced when the user blocks one a several water jet holes with their fingers.

The invention is dubbed "Flexible Limitless User Interface". The user doesn't need special skills to learn to play the instrument, informs Wired.

It would be interesting to note that the hydraulophone can be viewed at Ontario Science Center where it is installed.

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