Imaging in 3-D: Killer Apps Coming Soon to a Device Near You!

Valerie C. Coffey

As researchers and developers finesse the next generation of gaming consoles and devices, everything is coming up 3-D, and consumers are “virtually” salivating.


figureA 3-D image of a kitchen overlaid with point-cloud data is stitched together like a jigsaw puzzle to create a topographical mesh or “texture map,” a collection of triangles that contain coordinates. 

Tools have evolved over time to help humans master our environment, overcome our limitations and accomplish more with less effort. Very soon, a new generation of 3-D imaging tools will make a splash, enabling us to share more information and accomplish more tasks. But a new twist suggests a revolution is afoot: these tools are quickly evolving to enable us to change our environment, to explore and experience new things in a very real way, whether the goal is to decorate a house or play a game.

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Publish Date: 01 June 2014

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