Remember Winamp’s wonderful audio visualisers? They let you see your music through trippy ever-evolving patterns, but they couldn’t hold a flame to this Pyro Board, which trades animations for a glowing grid of flames produced by 2500 gas burners. Awesome first, safety second.
We’ve seen similar devices before, but this new video gives us a glimpse at how they really work. The Pyro Board is based on something called a Rubens’ Tube, which is basically a long perforated gas-filled flaming pipe with sound blasted into one end. As the soundwaves move through the tube, it produces a distinct patterns of flames on top that constantly change based on what’s being played.
The Pyro Board extends this idea into an extra dimension with a full grid of flaming holes that react in the same way to a loud audio source underneath. So not only can you hear and see the sound, you can feel it too — because as the flames increase, so does the heat if you’re standing near this thing. [YouTube via Dvice]