For a long time DJ’s have made an artform from sampling their aural world and patchworking it together. Here’s a new tool that lets you do a similar thing with your visual world for the first time.
I/O Brush uses a combination of touch sensors and cameras built into the the center of the brush to sample anything within reach — from book cover to your t-shirt to your spagetti marinara lunch. Swishing the brush back across the screen allows you to paint live with your sample. This includes color, shape and motion as the accompanying video explains.
As the first of it’s kind, it’s probably larger and less compact than it may become, so this incarnation seems to be aimed at kids, but I could imagine a finer, cordless version of this offering some fascinating possibilities.
I’m not sure exactly how the current version would translate into commercial work, but it sure looks like a lot of fun.