"Painters used to look to nature for their colors, extracting blues and red from plants and clay. A new digital paintbrush takes the practice to an amazing new level.
Artists can now sample colors, textures and even movements directly from the environment for use in a composition (http://www.livescience.com/php/multimedia/imagedisplay/img_display.php?pic=051028_color_dream_02.jpg&cap=Colorful+Dreams.+credit%3A+MIT+Media+Lab%22Colorful+Dreams%22+is+an+example+of+what+can+be+done+with+the+I/O+brush.+credit%3A+MIT+Media+Lab). The eyes in one painting created with the device actually blink at the viewer. They’re digitzed human eyes, from a real human.
The eyes were captured using a unique the new device called the I/O brush. Color, patterns and animated pictures are transferred to a digital screen where they become part of a work of art that can’t be categorized as part of any current genre."