My goals for this assignment was to create a simple but pleasing fidget and familiarize myself with utilizing open source libraries in the process. I particularly wanted to explore shape creation and contact listening in JBox2D, rendering in Processing and sound generation through Java APIs.
I was not able to explore the libraries to the extent I wanted to. I attempted to utilize a masking and filtering while rendering with Processing but discarded that option due to bugs. I was also unable to add sounds, which would have added to the fidget-like quality of this work. However, the interactions I implemented between the colliding and color-shifting shapes were pleasing, so I believe I attained my goal of creating a satisfying fidget.
I used JBox2D, Daniel Shiffman’s Box2D for Processing library and Processing for this project.