--I walked around the building and saw the lake, and was thinking about emergence, and soil from the possibly fake plant on the third floor. Then I suggested we look into rivers to the group and we decided on this project.
What it does
-generates a random grid of our non-water material with varying strengths. Then allows us to place a water source at any point and then make a river or lake depending on sinks and sources and watch it expand and grow.
How we built it
-emergent properties. We won't tell the river where to go. We want the river to arise out of the simple rules we write. -grid based setup to simplify interactions and optimize
Challenges we ran into
-we didn't fully understand river erosion to begin with, so we had to learn that; meaning we had to look into fluid dynamics a bit. -getting rid of white spaces between bezier curves for our backup animations -simplifying fluid dynamics to model it approximately
Accomplishments that we're proud of
-we are going to demo at our first hackathon!!!!! -it mostly worked!! -THE RIVER FLOWS!!!!!!! (in an approximate way) -it looks
What we learned
What's next for River Erosion
Next we would like to make it work and enable it to maintain a river shape.