Digital Cuttlefish Skin?

No, not the skin of a Digital Cuttlefish. That would be icky. Rather, an installation at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences:

10 feet wide and 90 feet in length, this sculptural ribbon winds through the five story atrium of the museum and is made of 3600 tiles of LCD glass. It runs on roughly 75 watts, less power than a laptop computer. Animations are created by independently varying the transparency of each piece of glass.

The content cycles through twenty programs, ranging from clouds to rain drops to colonies of bacteria to flocking birds to geese to cuttlefish skin to pulsating black holes. The animations were created through a combination of algorithmic software modeling of natural phenomena and compositing of actual footage.

Exceedingly cool video after the jump. Embiggening strongly suggested.


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