For aspiring graphic designers/artists who grew up in the digital world, technologies such as Philips’ Drag & Drop give us a glimpse into the future of painting. Continue reading to see them all. Click here for first picture in gallery.

Philips Digital Light Painting Kit

The Philips Drag & Draw installation basically “enables the user to paint via laser beams — simply wave the wand over the laser projection bucket, then use it to draw on any wall or surface.”

Draw a bus on a road, for instance, and then with another flick of the wand that image is suddenly surrounded by a colorful backdrop



University researcher Daisuke Iwai has developed a new technology which allows people to paint using thermal vision technology. This system “can detect temperature change regions on a sensing surface as touch regions when objects hotter or colder than the surface touch it.”

In the system, users can use a physical paintbrush with hot water and an airbrush with cold water in spite of paint as they use in the real world, and even use their own fingers, hands, and breaths directly because of their own body heat


I/O Brush

At first glance, it looks like your standard brush, but upon closer inspection you’ll find integrated LEDs, touch sensors, and a camera. The I/O Brush basically “lifts up and captures photons”, allowing artists to draw with “special ink” picked up from their immediate environment.

I/O Brush looks like a regular physical paintbrush but has a small video camera with lights and touch sensors embedded inside. Outside of the drawing canvas, the brush can pick up color, texture, and movement of a brushed surface