Ferrolic is a prototype ferrofluid display that draws blobby, weird, awesome imprecise bitmaps by manipulating magnetic particles suspended in liquid.
Designer Zelf Koelman is selling 24 early versions for €7500 each (more if you go for extras), and plans to use the proceeds to fund further development of the display.
Ferrolic was designed from a strong fascination for the magical material Ferro Fluid. The natural dynamics of this fluid makes that this display bridges the gap between everyday digital screens and tangible reality.
Because the fluid behaves in an unpredictable way, it is possible to give the bodies, perceived in the Ferrolic display, a strong reference to living creatures. It is this lively hood that enables Ferrolic to show a meaningful narrative such as having the creatures play tag. In addition the natural flow of the material, Ferrolic can be used to form recognisable shapes and written characters. Ferrolic uses both information-layers in parallel in order to display scenes and transitions in a poetic, almost dance like, choregraphed way.
Ferrolic [Zelf Koelman]