Hardware and software: Leap Motion, OpenFrameworks, Bullet Physics, MatCap.
Description:'Surface Tension' is the first work in my series 'Fluids in space', which is inspired by the behaviour of fluids in a zero gravity environment such as space. Since this phenomena is difficult to achieve on Earth for obvious reasons, this work attempts to faithfully reproduce in a virtual environment the experience of how it would be to manipulate liquids in the absence of gravity.
The phenomena of surface tension in liquids is explained as 'simply the attractive interactions between the molecules of a liquid'. The molecules behavior is to group closely together with other molecules on their sides, an arrangement which requires the least energy. When a drop of liquid is released in a zero gravity environment, surface tension is created as molecules arrange themselves in a sphere shape that minimizes the overall surface energy of the liquid and gives the appearance of having a film on the top of it. A sphere shape is the result owing to the fact that this shape has the minimum surface area and minimum surface energy due to its symmetry in all directions.