3D imaging files now in KiloBytes!! Smartphone apps coming soon..


All Distracted students who are studying engineering or any course related to programming must have used 3D imaging at some point using Auto CAD. And, a bothering thing about it is that the files are very huge most of the time and also require high power consumption. For instance, a 3D animation with a drawing of a simple car would take up almost 40 MB space in CAD. But, a solution to this problem has been sought by 3DSoC, Software Company situated in Bangalore. They have created a new file format, they call it VIS files which will represent the same 3D image of the car in just about 3KBs.

The techies at 3DSoC have developed software which will be able to shrink the size of 3D files to Kilobytes. That is really an amazing development. This inception came into their mind when they had Bandwidth problems in sending the large files over the internet. The team of Krishnan Ramaswami, MD of 3DSoC were initially working on a “Finite Element Method” project for Sanford University when they faced the problem of sending their files to the US. His team then managed to explore a new way to shrink the size of these 3D files. And, they set up their company after that realizing the potential of VIS files. Ramaswami said that they wished to expand the use of 3D imaging which is limited to animation and CAD only. The invention of VIS files will surely be a huge step towards that goal. He also compared this invention to the mp3 file formats. Just like mp3 brought a revolution in audio formats, the VIS files is expected to bring the same revolution in the field of 3D imaging files.

How it works?

The reason why the normal 3D imaging files are big is that they represent an object in a 3D plane with a large no. of points and lines. But, VIS files work on a different principle. In VIS files, the same object will be represented by mathematical equations. So, basically VIS is a mathematical depiction of the existing files. For example, usually a cube is shown as an object formed with its 8 vertices and 12 edges. The same thing will go as a coordination of 6 plane equations in VIs files. These equations in VIS files are afterwards rendered through a player designed by 3DSoC. This is what helps in reducing the size.

This shrinking of the files has brought a lot of new aspects. And, the most important thing is that it can be used for learning. In engineering specially, it can be very helpful if we are taught through the use of 3D demonstration which makes learning of complex machinery very easy. In fact, 3DSoC has already designed some modules of e-learning for PESIT, Bangalore.

The current objective of 3DSoC is to make mobile apps that will make the use of 3D files quite simple. So, the smart phones will soon have this technology. Also, advertising industry will gain a lot of profit through these 3D interactive modules which will be soon provided by the company.


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