Bubble Pop – Pinch and Smash the Bubbles!

I began this project thinking about the satisfaction people get from popping and smashing squishy things. Whether it is popping pimples and blisters or exploding fruit, we love to pop things. Gallagher has made an entire career out of it.

I was pleased with how the LiquidFun physics engine models the behavior of popping. I created bubbles out of a ring of rectangles connected by rotating joints encapsulating loose particles. When pierced or pinched, these bubbles build internal pressure until the skin collapses catastrophically and the contents explode outwards. The effect is mesmerizing and there are endless types of bursts the user can discover through experimentation.

Live Version: http://www.erikulberg.com/projects/bubblePop/index.html