Can animation be made as easy as drawing? Well Autodesk Research is not letting challenges like this or letting dragons lie. Kitty is a Drawing Tool for Interaction Authoring.
From the awesome Autodesk Research team:
"Hopefully you're familiar with Project Draco, our answer to the question: Can animation be made as easy as drawing?
We've discussed Draco here on the blog and have a video overview of what we were showing at this year's SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver to catch you up."
"We've set up the scene as you would in Draco with steam and splashing particles coming from the pot. In the following image you can see that we have a simple node graph that gets overlaid on the picture. This helps reduce UI while keeping the events and relationships in context."