Interactive installation that lets you play with giant colourful orbs that levitate in mid-air

Harvey & John is a Brighton-based design studio, focusing on creating the world's friendliest interactive products. Thought Bubble is their interactive installation that invites you to play with giant levitating spheres. Initially coming to life as a playful reinvention of the office whiteboard, the product has since taken on a surprising number of functions. Thought Bubble can be used as ambient uplighting, levitating signage or as part of an immersive stage performance.

They explained: “We try to inject the feel of something that lives into everything we make, we imagine Thought Bubbles to have the personality of an energetic dog! Eager for attention and boundlessly happy in every situation.”

The Thought Bubble can be controlled by an app designed by the studio. There are several functions available depending on the usage of it. From static hovering to building floating shapes like an arch, the airstreams give you the possibility to be creative and come up with how you want to place the orbs in your surrounding.

Each ‘Thought Bubble’ base is made from a polished stainless steel sphere, housing wirelessly controllable large air generators and lighting. They float orbs around 70cm in diameter up to 5metres high on powerful jets of air. The base can be angled up to 45 degrees and the sphere will stay in the airstream and defy gravity.

They added: “In the video we wanted to show a bit more of the playfulness of the Thought Bubbles so we thought why not having them dancing around and so it becomes a visual performance of their personality.”

Thought Bubble can be hired for events and stage performances or purchased as a levitating whiteboard. The studio hopes Thought Bubble will work as a calling card to potential collaborators to take the concept to the next level.

Founded in 2011, Harvey & John is the partnership of life-long friends Richard Harvey and Keivor John. The Brighton studio’s aim is not to create something that offers more beauty or function; it is to create something that offers more feeling. The studio sits at the intersection between invention, design, art and engineering, with a focus on how imaginative design can inspire people in their everyday lives. Discover more at and make sure you watch the video below, to see the orbs in action.

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