Amazing program being developed at MIT. You can sketch objects and have life-like physics applied to them all in real time! Very cool application!
Comments from Professor Randall Davis:
As that's me in the movie, I'm in the position to add a little background to the story.
1) The movie may have been discovered by Youtube recently, but it's about 5 years old, made as a very early demonstration of our research.
2) As for the comment that "Microsoft made a better thing than this years ago for TabletPCs", well, yes and no. The yes part: the
Physics Illustrator MS (a powertoy for Tablet PCs) was in fact a re-implementation of our code, done by working closely with us to understand what we had done, adding a much cleaner user-interface. (We created research code, not a commercial system.) Check the About acknowledgments on the MS code. And yes, the work was later supported by Microsoft: (http://icampus.mit.edu/MagicPaper/).
3) The animation is indeed courtesy of WorkingModel 2D. Our research is in understanding freehand sketching, not physical simulation. Once the sketch is understood, a script is sent to WorkingModel to have it run the simulation. Our work is focused on creating sketch-enabled interaction, and we have done this with a variety of different back-end programs over the years. See http://rationale.csail.mit.edu/publications.shtml
4) The program being demo'd was called ASSIST; it was the Master's Thesis of Christine Alvarado.