Bounding Swept Sphere
A bounding swept sphere is essentially a shape reminiscent of the hole left behind when a sphere moves along a short, straight line, A cylinder, rounded at either end. It is used to cover a smaller, more complex 3D polygonal object, matching the shape as closely as possible without deforming its own structure. This then serves as the proxy for that shape in all collision detection algorithms. This method is far cheaper computationally than using the shape itself, where each facet would have to be considered individually.
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Another well thought out counter-argument to all those who say that virtual environments are oly games. This one comes from the MUD sphere.
This short article attempts to define what a MUSH is, for the completely uninitiated. By it's very nature, this article lacks any depth, but serves as an excellent grounding for those just entering the sphere of virtual worlds.
First published in 1994, The Virtual Community was a revolutionary book, which inspired so much of the VR and social networking growth of the 90s. Within these pages, now revised and updated for the modern situation, Howard explores every facet of online communities ranging from the WELL, that think-tank of innovation and invention, to the sphere of MUDs and MOOs.
Understanding Virtual Reality is essentially a holistic introductory book, covering in a little depth, a wide swathe of issues, applications and advancements in and around the sphere of virtual reality.
World of Warcraft is a popular topic in the persistent, online world sphere. It?s a popular topic because it continues to succeed massively, year in, year out. People are keen to know what it does so well. The answer may be, polish. (polish (v): to render (an object) finished).
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Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it rea...
Algorithm for determining orientation of objects could aid robots in navigation, scene understanding
Suppose you’re trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you’re using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point. Traffic and one-way streets force you to take some odd turns, and for a while you lose sight o...
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new nanolithography technique that is less expensive than other approaches and can be used to create technologies with biomedical applications.
"Among other t...
The VirtuSphere, the latest 6DOF movement system for immersive VR, is offering general public access inside its latest model sphere at the Exhibition Hall of the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington, USA, from 10AM to 6PM on both Augu...
The folks at NPR's Picture Show blog have collected a slideshow of beautiful, wistful, dramatic moments on the street caught by Google's Street View. In 2007, Google sent cars carrying an eyelike sphere fitted with nine cameras to capture...