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Engineers from Asustek Computer have delivered a bouquet of 438 digital flowers to the Taipei International Flora Exposition. The flowers are designed to move to music and light in a way similar to the fountain performances at Las Vegas's Bellagio Resort & Casino.

The Asustek Florabots, as they are called, are located in a room in the Pavilion of Dreams at the Expo. The company's design team created music and light shows for the Florabots and synchronized their movements.

Tony Tang, one of the leaders of the design effort for Asustek, said his team tried out a number of technologies and methods to make the flowers dance, including motion sensors to detect when a person approaches. The flowers start to move when a hand is waved nearby.

The heads of the flowers change shape, starting off as cylinders and then shortening and bulging out before returning to their original form. Asustek used small motors to make flowers move individually.

A company representative said the designers spent more than a year working on the project. Asustek wanted to design something for the Expo in order to contribute as well as to stretch its creative capabilities.

The Taipei International Flora Exposition runs from Nov. 6 through April 25 of next year.

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