Truck-crashing sim!

Fog you can write on

Well, not quite. But a couple of brainiacs in Europe have developed a cool technique: They use a non-turbulent airflow to shoot a thin layer of fog vertically. Then you project a video image onto it and — voila! A screen that you can walk through.

Very cool — except that, as I read on their website:

The famous Finnish mime actor Markku Laitinen had his premiere of “Pierrot in Globalisation” in Joensuu, Finland on June 7th, 2003. He is the world’s first artist, who has integrated the fog screen into his performance (a sample video).

I love this technological idea. But … mimes? That just ain’t right.

(Thanks to Wired News for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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