This paper proposes the software architecture and functions of a development kit for integrating photo-realistic panoramic images with 3-D graphics objects in virtual worlds. In graphics-based virtual reality applications, the complexity of the modeled virtual worlds dominates the rendering performance of systems. Therefore, many virtual reality applications usually require high-end graphics processors to achieve a satisfactory rendering performance. By integrating photo-realistic panoramic images with 3-D graphics objects in virtual worlds, at least two major benefits can be obtained. First, building a virtual world becomes easier since designers do not have to build the models for each object in a scene. Second, the world complexity does not significantly affect the rendering performance. With the proposed software development kit, developers can easily elaborate their virtual reality products at lower costs while attaining photo-realistic image rendering qualities.
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 1997|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1997 ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST - Lausanne, Switz|
Duration: 15 Sep 1997 → 17 Sep 1997
|Conference||Proceedings of the 1997 ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST|
|Period||15/09/97 → 17/09/97|