Clipping planes are essentially cut-off points for rendering in large virtual environments. They are essentially max-distance markers. Anything with an axis value further away from the viewpoint than the plane, is cut from data sent to be rendered. The less powerful the processor rendering the view, the nearer to the viewpoint the planes are. There is usually one clipping plane per axis.
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A fairly short overview of an interesting, and immensely handy simplification method, with the potential to reduce the number of calculations needed in a scene.
This is a whimsical tale of a journey into an as yet uncreated virtual sim world, an Earth in its entirety, which has been created to test the hypothesis of an Earth ?spinning with its axis of rotation in the plane of its ecliptic around the sun, its south pole always pointing at the sun.? The article goes into great depth and hilarity, but ends with a poignant note on the nature of VR worlds, which you would do well to remember.
Researchers working at MIT have cracked one of the most difficult challenges in autonomous aircraft sensing and AI to crop up since self-piloting aircraft first came about. They have devised a method whereby fast-flying UAV planes can detect their environment and react swiftly enough to be able to fly indoors, dodging both static and moving obstacles as effortlessly as any human pilot could.
In concept it is quite brilliant – using a small, cheap, practically 3D printable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to greatly accelerate the development of aerial sensors, by allowing them to quickly and easily be fitted to the UAV, and launched into the air without a moment's hesitation. Something needs tweaking, the small plane is landed, the sensor detached, tweaked, reattached and the whole thing lifts again.
Commercial aircraft are a problem when it comes to linking them to the wider sensor net - all external electronic communication flows through a single part of the nose of the plane. This must be precision manufactured to be defect-free, or moisture and heat can tear the signal apart. How then, do you guarantee it is defect-free?
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Just when you thought invisibility cloaks couldn't get any weirder, researchers come up with this: a way to make one object look like any other.
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A robot plane with no wires or mechanical connections between its engine, navigation system and onboard computers has been built and flown by engineers in Portugal.
The 3-metre-long uncrewed plane "AIVA" relies entirely upo...
Marlin Studios has released a new offering of some 115 royalty-free inages for $239. The images each come with an 8 bit clipping mask, and 32bit main channel, and produce seamless alpha blending....
Distorted cell-phone photos and big, clunky telephoto lenses could be things of the past. UW-Madison Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma and colleagues have developed a flexible light-sensitive materi...
The UK MoD is conducting tests to determine if flying uncrewed aircraft in squadrons by remote control is feasible.
On the 30th of October 2006, the MoD conducted a two-hour flight over Devon and Cornwall with an ageing BAC 1...