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Rendering trillions of “atoms” instead of polygons?

I just saw a video about what the publishers call the "next major step after the invention of 3D". According to the person speaking in it, they use a huge amount of atoms grouped into clouds instead ...
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What is the most cross-browser/system compatible option for 3d graphics on a web page?

I would like to develop a bit of functionality for a web site that involves a bit of 3D - the user can move around objects, rotate them and texture them. So far I've looked into: WebGL (in ...
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Prevent 3D model from being copied [closed]

So I have been messing around with thingiview since I wanted to have a 3D viewer for the models on my site. It works great and everything except one problem. It's nothing wrong with thingiview, it is ...
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gnu lesser general public license question [closed]

I have a question about Thingiviews license. I have a site that has to do with 3D Printing, it is not done yet but I was wondering if I would be able to use it on my site, The big reason I am asking ...
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How does the new google maps make buildings and cityscapes 3D?

Anyone who's seen the new Google maps has no doubt taken note of the incredible amount of three-dimensional detail in select American cities such as Boston, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. ...
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Physics Engine with Fixed-Point Positions [closed]

Fixed-point object locations allow for worlds which are much more scale-able. Using a 64-bit integer (per dimension), and 0.1 millimeter precision, a world can be created which is 100% numerically ...
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Using a “spherical frustum” for 3D projection

I am currently writing a transformation from model space to clip space for use in OpenGL. From what i have seen, programmers typically use a traditional rectangular frustum to define the clipping ...
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Best way to define 'snap points' between two arbitrary objects in 3D?

I'm working on a simple in-browser 3D model constructor using THREE.js. The user picks a plane body, and adds wings, cockpit, tail etc of their choice, choosing from multiple options. I need to be ...
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Generate complex (non-convex) polyhedron UV mapping

I need to find an approach to the problem of generating texture maps for non-convex polyhedrons without using a design tool like Maya. Specifically, I am mapping simulation results data onto a 3D ...
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Starting with 3D programming [closed]

I will be working on a 3D project and i need to learn c++ and opengl fast. as i have heard it is the best combination to do graphics. I would also like your recommendation on this book I came ...
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1answer
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3d point cloud render from x,y,z 2d array with texture

Need some direction on 3d point cloud display using OpenGL in c++ (vs2008). I am brand new to OpenGL and trying to do a 3d point cloud display with a texture. I have 3 2D arrays (each same size ...
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Calculating 3d rotation around random axis

This is actually a solved problem, but I want to understand why my original method didn't work (hoping someone with more knowledge can explain). (Keep in mind, I've not very experienced in 3d ...
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How to move a car around an environment with hills in C++?

I don't have any code for this since I don't know how I am meant to do this. I have a car and I am able to move it around on a flat plane and I have that working correctly. However, I want it to also ...
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projective geometry: how do I turn a projection of a rectangle in 3D into a 2D view

So the problem is that I have a 3D projection of a rectangle that I want to turn into 2D. That is I have a photo of a sheet of paper laying on a table which I want to transform into a 2D view of that ...
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2answers
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Rotate, Scale and Transform in video games

IF a 3 dot vector and a 3x3 matrix can rotate, scale and transform things in a virtual 3D space, could you use a 3x3x3 matrix and a 3.3.3 vector to do something to the games sense of time?
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Starting an HTML canvas game with no graphics skills

I want to do some hobby game development, but I have some unfortunate handicaps that have me stuck in indecision; I have no artistic talent, and I also have no experience with 3D graphics. But this ...
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Best approach to selecting programming languages and 3D graphics API for simulating physics experiments

I am starting a research project and need to nail down a programming language and 3D graphics API where I will be creating an environment in the field of molecular cell biology where I will be ...
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Where can I find an algorithm for creating 3D anaglyphs using a depth map image?

I'm looking for a generic algorithm to calculate a red/cyan anaglyph starting from the original image and its black/white depth map, as in this example? That algorithm is used, for example, in ...
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Planning a 3d file viewer using qt. Please suggest a 3d engine

I am planning a 3d file viewer with option to view 3d files (both geometry and mesh viewer). I would also like to put an option to convert between geometry and mesh. I am well versed with c++/qt. But ...
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Searching for entity awareness in 3D space algorithm and data structure

I'm trying to do some huge AI system just for the fun and I've come to this problem. How can I let the AI entities know about each other without getting the CPU to perform redundant and costly work? ...
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How would I develop an avatar based 3D conference environment? [closed]

I want to develop a 3d environment to be used for meetings and other such functions. Each attendee could log in with a customized avatar and could collaborate and discuss via voice and text chat. I ...
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1answer
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Zoom to Fit Points on Surface

I'm attempting to develop a piece of functionality using a 3rd party map control in an application that automatically pans/zooms the map surface to the best possible view given points on map. The map ...
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1answer
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Where is java3d used?

The idea of java3d is very interesting, but I don't see any desktop or web applications built using java3d. Where is it used and what perspectives does it have?
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Competency matrix for 3D graphic skills

As a part of self-evalution, I bumped into this programmer competency matrix which collects many major aspects of being good/expert programmer. It really helped me a lot to understand what I know ...
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1answer
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What's the HTML5 3D canvas? How is it different with WebGL?

I heard about 3D canvas. It's strange for me. Because I know there's already a industrial standard 3D API WebGL. What's that? How is it different with WebGL?
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Technology for atoms animation

I would like to make an animation of Molecular diffusion. I have some CSV or binary file with data to create 3D scene with atoms. It has to be fast animation with diffrent camera views and ...