Braid Media Arts has released GroBoto software for the Mac, which combines 3D drawing, painting and automation in a learning experience designed to explore the synergy between art and science. GroBoto is a 3D art tool that provides an environment where learning occurs naturally through the playful pursuit of cool images, according to the folks at Braid Media Arts.
The product is in beta testing with version 1.0 due for release on Sept. 14. The GroBoto beta is being demoed at this week’s Macworld New York.
GroBotos tools provide real-time access to the three-dimensional world, according to Braid spokesperson Hellene Anderson. They allow for the natural flow of curiosity, leading to a deeper understanding of spacial concepts, math, algorithmic art, animation, artificial life, chaos and complexity.
Freeform drawing in GroBoto can be enjoyed by children as young as four or five, Anderson said. Analogs to drawing, painting and familiar toys like blocks and Legos provide a handle to the GroBoto world.
GroBoto users can create by building, painting and using GroBoto’s Bots. Bots are automated tools that let you draw complex designs that you can then tweak and combine with freehand drawing and other Bots to build three-dimensional artwork.
The application’s features include the ability to: change object attributes such as location, color and shape; mirror; snap to center; place over or place through; create rotations; and use sounds. You can use any or all of these features to create scenes, animations and mutations. GroBoto creations can be used to create machines, experiments and games.
Older kids soon develop an interest in the next level of GroBoto tools that provide a natural, relational means of navigating and building in three-dimensional space, Anderson said. “Touching” any object in the GroBoto scene with the cursor places the new object in a nearby 3D location.