So the Rain Room by rAndom is more of an art installation piece than it is really design related. But its still design.... and we love it. It is a hundred square meter room that simulates pouring rain that allows you to walk through without getting soaked. Being someone who loves the rain, I can't even image how surreal this installation must feel to walk through.
Combining 4 of the senses: the sound of the water droplets, the smell of the rain (or just water for that matter), the millions of white streaks in mid air, but suddenly the lack of feeling the water as you walk through could leave some physical confusion as you pass under the rain. Simply amazing.
The installation uses several 3D tracking cameras to understand the space the viewer is taking up. Then uses that information to shut off multiple valves according to the areas of which they navigate. I'd definitely say thats a artistic use of 3D software.
Check out more information here as well as more of their other awesome works! Also, if you happen to be in the UK, you can walk on through yourself at the Barbican! If not, feast your eyes on these awesome shots and be jealous, then go travel!