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Virtual Painting

The Bluetooth Virtuo Paint Palette

— October 25, 2008 — Unique
Artists often prefer to hold a pen, even when rendering digital art. If Yana Klimava's concept Virtuo ever went into production, artists will be able to paint with a digital brush and work with a digital paint palette. The ability to mix colors like a traditional artist will ease the transition from actual paints to the digital screen--and also save a whole of paint!

The palette will use Bluetooth technology for communication with the computer. LED lights in the palette stand in place of the paint colors. How much paint is loaded on the 'brush' is deteremined by how long the artist holds the digital brush in a particular color. Other tools include a pencil, pastel, airbrush, and a palette knife. To mimic the actual force and strokes used by artists, the tools will be equipped with pressure and accelerometer sensors.

There will only be a minimal amount of 'undos' allowed. The software follows closely what happens in reality. Paint once applied cannot be removed. Mistakes will have to be painted over.
Trend Themes
1. Digital Art Tools - The concept of Virtuo creates a disruptive innovation opportunity to expand the market for digital art tools beyond traditional software options.
2. Bluetooth Paint Palette - The use of Bluetooth technology for communication between the paint palette and computer creates a disruptive innovation opportunity for other industries to explore technology integration in their products.
3. Realistic Digital Painting - The sensors in Virtuo's tools create a disruptive innovation opportunity for the development of more realistic and precise digital painting tools.
Industry Implications
1. Art Supplies - The Virtuo concept presents a disruptive innovation opportunity for art supply companies to create new digital tools for artists.
2. Technology - The use of Bluetooth technology in digital painting tools creates a disruptive innovation opportunity for technology companies to explore more applications for this type of technology.
3. Design - The development of realistic digital painting tools presents a disruptive innovation opportunity for designers in industries such as fashion, interiors and graphics to create more precise digital designs.
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