A detail texture is a second or third texture, superimposed on a primary texture to make it seem the original texture is of a higher resolution than it actually is. Detail textures are used when the viewpoint is so close to the texture drawing that the texture starts becoming blocky as it is magnified beyond its intended maximum size. A detail texture, typically a noise image, is blended into the image at a higher resolution adding a gritty real feel.
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Haptics is the study of the sense of touch. There are many parts to touch, and five different types of touch nerve in the nervous system. Here, we look at what goes into detecting texture, how the nerves work, and some initial attempts to interface with them for VR.
Tangent space is sometimes called texture space. It is the co-ordinate systems for one face of any 3D skinned model. Use of tangent space, which this tutorial covers, is necessary to properly map a texture onto part of a 3D shape.
Novint Falcon is a commercial grade haptics unit. Essentially, it is a 3D joystick that responds with the full range of force: Weight, shape, texture, dimension, dynamics and force effects.
This is a great product, in so many ways. From the captivating romantic plot, to the stunning scenery, and attention to detail. It truly immerses you in medieval life.
This article takes a look at the hero's journey, and dissects it quite thoroughly into it's individual sections, which are then explained in considerate detail.
This article is designed to mark a line in the sand, to clarify the principles which the author firmly believes are needed to stop "righteous internal sabotage by players, in the name of roleplaying".
VRIxp is a medical diagnosis device using what is perhaps a novel form of 3D visualisation. It uses audio analysis of vibration deep inside the body to assemble precise structural detail.
The harpy has long been a well-known figure in mythology. However, unlike many other mythological creatures, very little has been written about them, almost nothing in fact. This article attempts to provide a realistic view of the harpy as a creature.
This site covers every detail of warewolves, from the infection lycanthropy, through to the mind, and behaviour of a warewolf.
This tome is, as the4 title suggests, more of an overview for the subject than a detailed how-to. It covers everything from the very basics of computerised model animation, right through rigging and boning, on to timing and lighting ? but it does so without going into painstaking detail on any one topic.
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A thin-film pressure sensor made of semiconducting nanoparticles detects differences in texture down to the level felt by the human fingertip, an order of magnitude over current generation touch sensors.
This will initially b...
(Press Release) Spiral Graphics Inc. May 24, 2005, announced the immediate availability of Genetica 2, the anticipated new version of its flagship seamless texture editor. Free demo versions of the application can be downloaded from the com...
German-based Sachform Technology (www.sachform.de) has released a suite of textures for use in immersive environments.
August, 18th, 2005, Sensbachtal, Germany ? Sachform Technology (www.sachform.de) is pleased to announce t...
Realism is such a funny word. It can mean precisely emulating the humdrum of normal life, or it can mean increasing immersion, and believability. In this case, its realism of the good kind, the increase in believability thanks to normal map...
AsileFX have released two training DvDs for creating pyrotechnic effects. The marketing blurb stares: ?Learn to use the techniques that the pros use for creating compelling pyrotechnic effects.?
These discs apply to both PC a...