I don’t even use Autodesk Maya, so I have no idea what I’m saying, when I say… This is JUST like Maya. EXACTLY like the morphing effects that make you go to the next Hollywood blockbuster, raise your fist and shout, “The director and visual effects department that made this film are making blood shoot out MY EYES!!!!”

Well, Autodesk has gone and done the unthinkable, nay, the unimaginable, and squeezed that technology into your iPhone and iPad, at least the wee bits that fit. 10 controls plus a heap of presets.

Best part, you can fondle your touch device with all ten fingers warping such things as smoke, fire or the photo of your boss you took when he was climbing out of the freezer. Here’s more, along with a flattering photo of myself.

The app is powered by the “fluid dynamics technology from Autodesk® Maya® software, the Fluid FX app puts you in control of a real-time simulation using up to 10 Multi-Touch points. Users can shoot fire from their finger tips, create ultra-realistic smoke that floats, falls, and flows with gravity, and warp and swirl images from their gallery as though they were made of liquid.”

This is the Smoke effect. Just look at that! On the screen it swirls around, affected by your nubs and tilt of the device.
This is the Smoke effect. Just look at that! On the screen it swirls around, affected by your nubs and tilt of the device.
And here are all the settings you get to adjust to mimic the effects you have in your nightmares.
And here are all the settings you get to adjust to mimic the effects you have in your nightmares.
This is something that is being pummeled by fluid dynamics.
This is something that is being pummeled by fluid dynamics.
Just a smidgin' of what effects you can do. You can also see the other controls that allow you take photos, screenshots and access more controls.
Just a smidgin' of what effects you can do. You can also see the other controls that allow you take photos, screenshots and access more controls.
And here's my mug, being contorted like a hand in a fight with a box fan.
And here's my mug, being contorted like a hand in a fight with a box fan.

And, here’s the video, that obviously show how it can be used for hallucinatory journeys through space and time. Download at iTunes.

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.