Evan Atherton created a LED-based 3D ball rendering visual effects from sound while diffusing the music through small cones of the device. This has been produced with a high-resolution 3D printer.
LumiGeek developed an application to control the device, such as for playing music. Independently of that usage, the device could be envisioned to produce 3D spherical visualisation, a promising area according to the references below, both mathematically and interactively.
- Michael Gorman, 3D printed speakers give you a custom light show to go with your tunes
- Evan Atherton, 3D Printed Speaker Enclosures (With Lights!)
- Philip Leonga, Simon Carlileb, Methods for spherical data analysis and visualization, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Volume 80, Issue 2, 30 April 1998, pp. 191–200.
- Karla Vega, Eric Wernert, Patrick Beard, Tassie Gniady, David Reagan, Michael J. Boyles, Chris Eller, Visualization on Spherical Displays: Challenges and Opportunities, Proceedings of the IEEE VIS 2014 Arts Program, VISAP'14: Art+Interpretation (Paris, November 9-14, 2014), pp. 108-116.