• Jul 9, 2008
Some designers engage in strange practices to gain inspiration for their next big creation, but the creative types at the Bavarian Motor Werks had to have some serious... bearings to whip up its newest ode to "kinetics." After the jump is video of 714 metallic spheres that appear to be floating in mid-air in the new BMW museum. The display is pretty wild and we have no idea how it was done, but it's worth taking a look at. You may want to supply your own tunes though, as three-minutes of elevator music will make you want to apply your finger nails to the nearest chalkboard. Enjoy!

[Source: Engadget]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yah they are held up with some very strong wires, and the heavy weight of the balls keep them stable. Very impressive. This reminds me of the Cubitron I saw at Coachella this year and at EDC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I disagree. I say it was done using technology that they're using to create hovercars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and yet BMW still can't comply with the "unattainable" US- fuel standards....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, because hanging balls from strings is so much more difficult than engineering an entire vehicle line so that it can comply with some arbitrary fuel efficiency standard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i was there the day after the museum opened a few weeks ago. then are suspended by vertical strings. the balls never touch(i know i know) and never cross each other.

      cool little exibit, as it is the first thing you see when you enter the museum.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW = Bayerische Motoren Werke, although bloody Wikipedia now says Bavarian Motor Works.

      I give up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      reminds me of that new laser art where they use three lasers to burn a dot inside of a glass or plastic block to create three dimensional images.

      Very impressive when done right. I received one as a gift from BMW for buying a 2007 K1200R Sport, funny this was that it was an image of a R80
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it's not computer animation, then it looks like the balls are suspended by strings. Regardless, it is a spectacular idea, if it is real.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure it is. Those Germans are some industriously genius people. My question is where do they come up with ideas like this?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can't imagine what a evening spent with some engineers and LSD brings out.





        j/k ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      They are likely held up by strings hanging from the ceiling.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But you see how the balls shuffle across each other's path? the strings would likely get tangled. I think It's computer animation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's awesome. Btw at 1:23 you can very easily see the black strings on the right hand side. You can tell they're on strings by the way they sway just a little. Still really impressive though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They are all suspended by strings that are only just visible; creating an effect of weightlessness. Each ball lowers and retracts independently.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys posted this EXACT same thing a few days ago.
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