Fluid Automata

Back before large Liquid Crystal Display TVs, back before Liquid Crystals were used in flat adhesive aquarium thermometers, or even in mood rings, I discovered a toy for all ages known as the “Fidgit” or “Space Fidgit.” It was a small 3 inch square or circular flat clear plastic with Liquid Crystals inside of it, closed off with vinyl backing. You touched the vinyl back and manipulated the liquid crystals. It was captivating as it moved with refracting iridescence. That was in the early 70s. I found one later in the early 90s through a catalog, but for the life of me I can’t find them anymore.

That is what Fluid Automata reminds me of, the liquid crystal Fidgits. It’s not just flat swirling colors. If you get the right setting, there is a layering of pixels and a dimensionality that approximates iridescence. It’s not true iridescence; technology is not that advance. But it is a close facsimile.

But beware: there is a big glitch in this app, The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. Do not use five fingers while using this app. It will freeze up your ipad and you will need to reset it. It is not fun. I keep forgetting as I get carried away in the colors.

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2 comments on “Fluid Automata

  1. hi – if you turn off “Use Multitasking Gestures” in the iPad Settings, then the application will not crash. Sorry about that! Hope to fix it soon… -Angus (developer of Fluid Automata)

  2. Hi Angus! Yes, I think I remember reading that somewhere. I have to remember to turn it off, but often I forget as I really love using Multitasking Gestures.

    But I do love Fluid Automata too.

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