Google – Morphing Clay

Morphing Clay is a real-time, interactive experience designed in collaboration with Google and Future Deluxe to breathe new life into traditional Chinese ceramics and inspire a younger generation.

THE IDEA

Google wanted to showcase an interesting use of artificial intelligence (AI) at two events in China in September 2019. The idea was to use AI to reconnect the younger generation with the traditional art forms that are part of China’s cultural heritage with the use of Machine Learning.

OUR PART

Working alongside the teams at Future Deluxe (who drove the overall creative) and Bit Studio (who developed the back end), members of the Solarflare team created the front end experience using Unity’s High Definition Render Pipeline. Powered by Google’s machine learning platform – TensorFlow, Morphing Clay learns to recognise different human gestures and body movements, triggering the morphing of different pottery shapes and patterns in real-time.  

THE EXPERIENCE

As you step into the installation your poses and clothing are reflected in the shape and texture of the ceramics on screen allowing for endless play and discovery as you create unique pottery art based on traditional Chinese archetypes. Users can inspire the AI to make a piece of pottery art just by stepping into the installation. The Morphing Clay installation was showcased at both WAIC 2019 and GDD China 2019 in Shanghai, China to a great reception.

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