A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualization of 3D data to every device, optimizing the use of, for example, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, Fraunhofer researchers Fraunhofer software have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer.
If you want to be sure that the person you are sending documents and pictures to will be able to open them on their computer, then you send them in PDF and JPG format. But what do you do with 3D content? “A standardized option hasn’t existed before now,” says Dr. Johannes Behr, head of the Visual Computing System Fraunhofer software Technologies department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD. In particular, industry lacks a means of taking the very large, increasingly complex volumes of 3D data that arise and rendering them useful – and of being able to use the data on every device, from smartphones to VR goggles. “The data volume is growing faster than the means of visualizing it,” reports Behr. Fraunhofer IGD is presenting a solution to this problem in the form of its “instant3DHub” software, which allows engineers, technicians and assemblers to use spatial design and assembly plans without any difficulty on their own devices. “This will enable them to inspect industrial plants or digital buildings, etc. in real time and find out what’s going on there,” explains Behr. and its a Fraunhofer software .
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Germany developed the instant3DHub to help engineers, technicians, and architects inspect 3D maps and spatial design plans in real time. The software is Web-based, so each company can adapt the visualization tool to its needs.
How its work?
TheFraunhofer software automatically selects the data that should be prepared for visualization by calculating and transmitting to the user’s device only visible components.
Instant3DHub’s ability to process data in real time makes it useful for VR and augmented reality applications.
A VR app has to load up to 120 images a second onto the smart goggles, but instant3DHub enables the data to be quickly streamed, transmitting several thousand points of 3D data from a central database within one second.