Sand Plotter (Part 1): Zen Table
Two posts on technology that uses a layer of sand, a ball-bearing, and computer-controlled magnets to draw images in the sand.
Firstly, the Zen Table, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter:
Imagine a Japanese Zen Garden built into a beautifully-crafted, glass-topped table. The body of the table encapsulates electronics and robotics, that sculpt geometric patterns and images into a field of microscopic silicone beads beneath a glass top. The effect is mesmerizing and magical; it is truly Zen-like to watch ever-changing patterns and images appear in the sand.
Here is short promo where you will see it in action:
You can find out more about the project on Kickstarter here