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Alpha Transparency

Alpha transparency uses the alpha channel of a texturemap?s bitmap file to set a high value for transparency of the image. A value between 0 and 1 is stored in an alpha channel. 0 is fully transparent, 1 is fully solid.

Because the value is not 1, occlusion culling will not occur on a properly rendered virtual environment. Instead the texture on the object gives the object as seen from that angle, the appearance of glass, or other transparent material, tinting the appearance of objects behind, which are not culled.

See also: Alpha Channels , Alpha Compositing, Alpha Translucency

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Related Dictionary Entries for Alpha Transparency:

Alpha Channels

Alpha Compositing

Alpha Translucency

Alpha Transparency


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Production Testing and Bug Tracking
It's standard in the software development timescale, to leave bug-tracking, and problem solving until the Alpha development phase, when balancing is usually handled. This article from the game development professional's point of view, looks at why that is a bad idea, and strategies for handling bugs before they get to that stage.

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Optical Tracking of Zebrafish Neural Impulses
Zebrafish are handy little critters, as far as neuroscience goes. These tiny, mostly transparent little fish have brains that whilst greatly simplified, have a structure remarkably similar in basic form, to our own. Add in that aforementioned near-transparency, and it becomes possible under the correct lighting conditions, to literally see right into their brains, to the point where you can practically watch as a thought takes place.


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Murata Manufacturing Co. is using high-transparency organic piezoelectric film for its two new devices, a remote control that works by bending and twisting, and a touch-pressure pad that connects to PCs. Murata will ship samples of both dev...

NASA has given gamers a taste of lunar adventure with release of Moonbase Alpha, an exciting new, free online video game.

The game has single and multiplayer options that allow participants to step into the role of an explora...

Members of the Dungeons & Dragons Online community have first crack at participating in the alpha test of the upcoming MMO based on Gary Gygax's creation from Turbine Entertainment.

Due to be released in the second half of t...

A new way to study the role of a critical neurotransmitter in disorders such as epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, schizophrenia, and alcohol addiction has been developed by a group of scientists led by Gong Chen, an associate profess...

Scientists report that they can predict who will improve most on an unfamiliar video game by looking at their brain waves.

They describe their findings in a paper in the journal Psychophysiology.

The researcher...