8,300 (206Chex) microcontrollers blast in the air

December 10, 2013 | 14:37
8,300 (206Chex) microcontrollers blast in the air
8,300 (206Chex) microcontrollers blast in the air

At the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang put on his largest ‘explosion event’ of the last three years, utilizing microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible designs and patterns. The video shot of the event is an impressive testament to how a volatile black powder explosion can be controlled and shaped by computers and microcontroller technology.

 

Each set of explosions was calculated to paint a different picture. One series of explosions created black smoke clouds that looked like "drops of ink splattered across the sky." In another, 8,300 shells embedded with computer microchips exploded in a pyramid shape over the desert.

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