Wave Atlas

Wave Atlas

Wave Atlas is a water world teeming with artificial digital life, which users simultaneously create and discover. The more users who interact, the richer and more complex this ecology grows.

Programming: Marpi
3D Artist: Will Atwood
Producer: Jay Chen
Sound Design: Bent Stamnes
Operations: Christian Boullon
Video: Grigory Rudko
In collaboration with: The Tech Interactive
Program Manager: Nadav Hochman
User testing: Clarissa Buettner
Photos: Sierra LaDuke
Made possible by: The Knight Foundation

Using pinch-and-drag hand gestures tracked via Leap Motion sensors or triggers via an HTC Vive controller, users create segmented swimmers that they can set free in a virtual ocean expanse. Once released, the creatures play, evolve, and interact, glittering sculptures in a digital current.

Wave Atlas

The creatures of Wave Atlas are inspired by nudibranchs and leafy seadragons, marine animals with arresting color patterns and an astonishing array of forms.

Wave Atlas

Wave Atlas is on exhibit at The Tech Interactive’s Reboot Reality experience lab in San Jose, California, presented with support from the Knight Foundation.