Fractal Lab | Live WebGL fractal explorer

A month ago I posted 'Beautiful 3D Fractals by SubBlue' - http://kathykavan.com/3d-fractals-by-subblue - I mentioned that Tom Beddard was working on a WebGL 3D fractal renderer that lets you explore fractal structures in real time, well it's here. You'll need a WebGL enabled browser (best with Google Chrome or Firefox 4beta) and then head over to www.fractal.io and get playing!

More articles on the web app:
http://www.creativeapplications.net/webapp/fractal-lab-webapp/
http://createdigitalmotion.com/2011/03/joys-of-opengl-in-a-browser-webgl-1-0-... 
http://www.fractalforums.com/3d-fractal-generation/revenge-of-the-half-eaten-... 

Beautiful 3D Fractals by SubBlue

Surface detail from SubBlue

This is beautiful, and the author Tom Beddard is working on a WebGL 3D fractal renderer that will let you explore structures like this in real time...can't wait! See more http://vimeo.com/subblue - latest work here http://www.subblue.com - Tweets here http://twitter.com/subblue

Statement by Tom Beddard - "I have a fascination with the aesthetics of detail and complexity that is the result of simple mathematical or algorithmic processes. For me the creative process is writing my own software and scripts to explore the resulting output in an interactive manner. The best outcomes are often the least expected!"



Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena

My eyes, my eyes! These are just the tip of the iceberg, from the excellent site by Michael Bach - http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/index.html

The Enigma
"Stare at the centre of the figure for a while. Some ‘scintillating’ activity will build up in the violet and blue annuli. Some observers also report a circular rotation within these regions; things will begin to “run around in circles”. This image “The Enigma” is by Isia Leviant (1981), Palais de la Découverte, Paris."

Source: http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/mot_enigma/index.html

Rotating Snake Illusion
Source: http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/mot_rotsnake/index.html and http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/rotsnake.gif

 Stereokinetic Phenomenon
"Rotation of adequate figures creates a three-dimensional illusion. It can take some time until the percept emerges. In the example on the right, envisaging a rotating crater may help.  The kinetic depth effect (KDE) is a similar related phenomenon." Source: http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/mot_ske/index.html#

 

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