Soak: An Interactive Canvas That Simulates Watercolor [Video]

When you touch the elastic surface, vivid colors spread across it like a fabric absorbing dyes.

Creative computing group Everyware developed this form of media art that simulates watercolor by GPU accelerated cellular automata. ‘Soak’ starts off as a blank spandex canvas in a dark room. When you touch, poke or rub the surface, colors start to appear, soaking it in virtual dyes and creating patterns. Here’s what the group had to say about it:

Dying fabric is a time-honored tradition of humankind. Local materials such as herbs, flowers, rocks, juice of animals or shells have been used through the dying process. Especially in Korea, people have deep affection toward the unique colors and textures of fabric dyed with traditional materials. Now in the age of new media, we tried a whole new way of coloring fabrics with the essential materials of new media, ‘light’ and ‘interactivity’. Also, as a meta-creative interactive installation, ‘Soak’ can be expanded for creating garments with personalized patterns or textile productions using today’s digital fabric printing technologies.

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