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Well one idea I've been toying around with is expanding on Xion's idea of a floating parts PC.
http://www.overclock.net/sponsored-c...r-e-f-l-e.html

So basically keeping the idea of floating SSD's, but then incorporating a time fountain as a reservoir. A time fountain is basically an optical illusion where you have water droplets either floating in midair or falling upwards.


This could be accomplished by either turning a side panel into a giant clear reservoir with the effect, turning the entire front panel into a reservoir with the effect, or much simpler, just creating an extremely tall reservoir with this as an effect.

It would be a fairly large undertaking though and I'm currently already in the middle of a major mod, so feel free to take the idea and run with it if you want.
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post #12 of 17
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Well, that would be absolutely sick, but I'm not quite sure if it's suited for my environment because I believe they need a very dark area.

From a video like this

, I think it would look amazing, but again without the proper lighting I don't think the effect works. Strobe lighting would also be very distracting for every day use.

I wonder if there's another way to produce this effect...
post #13 of 17
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Well, that would be absolutely sick, but I'm not quite sure if it's suited for my environment because I believe they need a very dark area.

From a video like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxlQTmx1LE , I think it would look amazing, but again without the proper lighting I don't think the effect works. Strobe lighting would also be very distracting for every day use.

I wonder if there's another way to produce this effect...
You don't need to be a dark environment or strobe lights.

Flashing LEDS work fine, so a line of them along the side of the reservoir will work. You can do this in the light as well. Dark background just makes it easier to see the drops, but in a black interior case, it would achieve the same affect. Also would minimize light bleed out. See this video at ~40 secs

As for the flashing effect, remember, video captures flashes differently than the human eye. In reality you won't see the flashes nearly as much. I actually played around with this a bit a while back, doing drops into a black interior painted box with a side cutout. It looked fine. My biggest issue was actually keeping the drop rate consistent and controlling the strobe rate.

I'm sure with a flow rate regulator and a a programmable micro controller (or even just a micro controller with a dial to adjust flash speed) you can get it working, but I was really just doing feasibility testing with random stuff from in the apartment so I never got the necessary electronics.
Edited by banthracis - 11/4/11 at 7:15pm
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post #14 of 17
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Interesting - I was becoming rather attached to my whirlpool idea but I think this would trump it.. Maybe I can figure out a cool design to integrate both. Perhaps it could drip into a whirlpool xD but I doubt it.

I'm sure I'd have to buy this soon and start messing around with it to see if it would be a truly viable option. One thing that concerns me is if this would have enough waterflow for the system.
post #15 of 17
Well I did some back off the napkin tyPe calculations and you'd need a case labs sized case with an entire side panel for the reservoir. Alternatively just have a separate tube for bulk of the water flow. sure there are tons of creative ways too implement that ; D
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post #16 of 17
An anti-gravity waterfall reservoir would be a show stopper. I have seen all manner of glass desk computer cases, but never this. A worthy endevour that might be a first in case mods.
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post #17 of 17
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I wish I knew what sort of calculations I needed to be doing lol. Without having done WCing before this will be a lot of work.. but fun.

I had planned on putting some strip LED's in the river across the desk that would rotate through / fade through some colors. With the timestop waterfall though I think I would need to color the water which means no LED's there?

Also I was planning on having a wooden desk with like a glass "tube" (more of a square though) for the river going through it. If I were to have it be a glass top desk completely how would I do the river without it being grossly ugly?
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