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View 3D Data on Any Device with Instant 3D Hub

A researcher has developed software, named instant 3D Hub, which allows viewing 3D data on all kinds of devices. This software would enable technicians, engineers and architects to use spatial designs on their own devices. They could inspect industrial plants or digital buildings, etc. in real time. Even in the construction field, the software can help visualize building information models on smart phones, tablet computers or data goggles.

In today’s time, 3D data volume is increasing way faster than means of viewing it. For example, for pictures and documents you just need to make sure you send them in PDF and JPG formats respectively to let the receiver view the files. But for 3D content, a standardized option did not exist before now.

3D data requires processing of enormous volumes of data. This has either been impossible or not at all cost effective. Instant 3D Hub software allows companies to adapt the visualization tool to their requirements. The software intelligently calculates the visible parts and transmits those views to the user's device. This is particularly useful for VR and AR applications as it allows real-time display of the objects being viewed. Moreover, a large variety of 3D web applications work on the devices without permanent storage. This allows using these applications optimally on tablets and smart phones.

On account of the gigantic volumes of data that have to be processed, has been either impossible or possible only with a tremendous amount of effort. After all, users had to manually choose in advance which data they need to process for the visualization; a task is then executed by expensive special software. With the web-based solution, every company can adapt the visualization tool to its requirements. The software can autonomously select the data to be prepared, by intelligently calculating, for ex- only views of visible parts are transmitted to the user's device, out of some 3.5 million components, only approx 3,000 visible parts are calculated on the server and is transmitted to the device.

Such calculations are especially useful for VR and AR applications, as the objects being viewed at any given moment appear in the display in real time. Let us see how well this works, using the example of car maintenance. In a Virtual Reality application, it is necessary to load up to 120 images per second. In this way, for a vehicle model several thousand points of 3D data can be transmitted from a central database to a device in just one second. The process is fast because the complete data does not have to be loaded to the device, but is streamed over the web.

One key feature of this is that for every access to 3D Hub, the data is assigned to, prepared and visualized for the specific applications. As a result, the system fulfills user and device specific requirements and all the above it is secure.

Technologies that create a link between CAD data and the real production environment are also relevant to the domain of elevated reality. Augmented reality is a key technology for Industries, because it constantly compares the digital target situation in real time against the actual situation as captured by cameras and sensors. Ultimately, however, the solution is of interest to many sectors, even in the construction and architecture field, where it can be used to help to visualize building information models on smart phones, tablet computers or data goggles.



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