We have developed several hardware/software implementations
for generating the water effects illustrated on our site. Much of our
technology is under patent, is patent-pending, or is proprietary. Where
appropriate, we supplement our technology with existing outside technology in
order to design cost effective solutions to specific problems.
Fountain Pump Control
Our pump technologies afford cost effective means to attain
complex fountain or water feature effects virtually unattainable except by
significantly more cost-intensive means such as those employed in major
existing outdoor fountain installations such as those at the Belagio Hotel in
Las Vegas. Our technologies realistically bring complex fountain effects within
the reach of home, garden, and small office water-feature budgets.
Our patented and proprietary VFD pump control technologies
are embedded in micro-controller-based electronic modules. These modules
control the flow rate of submersible low voltage AC pumps (120VAC and below)
either by pre-programmed instruction sets, by direct user-control, or by
external inputs such as auditory, ultrasonic or infrared signals. To our
knowledge this technology are the only VFD based implementations to control
pumps operating under 220VAC.
Fountain Pump Design
Our patented bi-directional pump technology makes it
possible to generate a forwards and back flowing water surge. In contrast to
existing bi-directional pumps, our pump technology allows a programmable inflow
or outflow of water from a single pump. One fountain application of the
technology would be a water display incorporating a pump of our design, which
would generate a dynamically changing above-water plume cyclically morphing
into a vortex. The result could be time-varying with flows ranging from subtle
to the extremely turbulent.
In the reef aquarium arena, our patented pump design allows
a realistic tidal surge to be generated in a reef aquarium with as little as
one pump. Such a "tidal" surge positively impacts the health of corals and
other marine invertebrates in reef aquaria.
- Water Wall Technology
Our utility and design patented water wall technology
lends itself to large-scale water walls which display changing patterned
effects behind translucent lensatic screens. Our water wall modules can be free
standing or can be imbedded in an interior or exterior wall of a home, office
or museum building.
A distinct advantage of our water wall technology over
the prior art is that all water behavior is separated from the viewer space by
a clear glass front-piece. This eliminates drinking-water-level quality
considerations in commercial or museum spaces where it might be likely for
children to interact with the water in the feature. The technology results in
reduced maintenance requirements and eliminates liability issues associated
with slip-and-fall accidents and water quality.
- Water Bell Technology
Shape Changing TechnologyOur proprietary
water bell shape changing technology is used to generate dynamically changing
enclosed water bell sheets that maintain enclosed form while varying in size
and shape. This technology has been evolving since the late 1990's and has
lately centered on sustaining large diameter water sheets - not necessarily
"bell-shaped" - without breakup.
Bell Nozzle Technology
water bell nozzle technology specifically designed for generating large and
varying enclosed bell shapes (three foot diameter and higher) makes possible
the precise control of sheet dynamics enabling spectacular water bell displays
to be realized with virtually no time lag between signal and water bell
We have developed micro-controller-based lighting
controllers that can be used in conjunction with our pump controllers. One of
these controllers, a metal halide light controller, can be used to provide a
glimmering display that responds to ambient room illumination. In addition to
its visual appearance the display technology results in maintenance and power
An application of the technology to the aquarium industry
involves the generation of time-of-day lighting intensity variation for salt
water reef aquarium lighting. This variation has positive effects in reducing
the buildup of toxic oxygen-free radicals in corals and contributes to the
health of the aquarium. We currently have produced a pre-production prototype
of a metal halide reef lighting controller employing this technology.
Tinnitus Masking Fountain
We have developed specific fountain technologies to generate
user-adjustable masking sounds that can provide relief for tinnitus sufferers.
These patent pending technologies are embedded into tabletop water-based
devices that the tinnitus sufferer can place in work, home and sleeping
environments to mask and/or distract him /her from brain-induced ringing in the
ears. While these elegant and visually unobtrusive devices use water as a
medium for sound generation they read as "fountains" thus not bringing
attention to a tinnitus sufferer's impairment. To the non-tinnitus sufferer
they simply add a pleasing, natural background sound to the home or workplace
environment and are useful for relaxation or meditation practice. They are
especially useful in psychiatrist and psychologist waiting rooms to aid in
keeping doctor-patient interactions private. You can view our Sound
or for further information from our sound fountain website
As our technological capabilities are expanding, new
developments may not, as yet, be described on our site.
We would be pleased discuss our capabilities with you and
respond to your specific display and control requirements.
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