What is Unlimited Detail?
Euclideon’s Unlimited Detail (UD) technology is able to remove all limits surrounding the amount of 3D data that you can capture, visualise, and interact with. No longer are 3D visualisation and rendering technologies reliant on expensive, fast hardware with large amounts of RAM.
At the heart of the technology is a 3D search algorithm that can render unlimited quantities of point cloud data in real-time. As this algorithm efficiently grabs only one point for every screen pixel, it can display models of previously unimaginable sizes at interactive frame-rates, without the need for a powerful CPU or graphics card.
By removing the hardware bottleneck from the process of 3D visualisation, Euclideon has simultaneously removed any limitations on the amount of detail that a scene can contain. Imagine a 3D landscape that is large enough to stretch off to the horizon, yet where you can zoom in on individual, unique pieces of gravel scattered across the ground – all within less than a second.
These unparalleled 3D visualisation capabilities were previously thought impossible, but through questioning some fundamental principles, Euclideon has realised the unimagined.
Unlimited Detail, unlimited possibilities
Euclideon’s Unlimited Detail technology removes the requirement for expensive, high-end hardware when rendering 3D scenes. The hardware cost-savings are clear, but the low bandwidth, storage, and hardware requirements also open the possibility of using interactive 3D visualisations in field-based presentations; say during an emergency briefing, or when visiting a client. Further to this, streaming capabilities allow the data to reside on one computer, and be accessed by every other user in the building, or across the world via the internet.
The potential uses for this technology are limitless: precious artefacts can be scanned in for academics across the world to examine; buildings or entire landscapes can be scanned for training simulations; famous landmarks or areas can be scanned for immersive education; even patients can be scanned for remote consultation with cosmetic surgeons – UD’s strength is in its limitless potential to aid countless industries.
Why it’s better
• Data is 5-20% of the original data size; making it much easier to store and manage.
• Loading times are less than a second regardless of data size; no need to commit to long loading times.
• Store your data in one place on the network or online; there is no need to copy to every computer.
• See all of your data, all at once; you don’t have to chop your data into pieces.
• Visualise data in real-time; say goodbye to lengthy offline renders.
• Communicate spatial concepts in 3D; the viewer includes unrestricted camera controls for viewing and measuring.
• Run on any computer; even entry-level laptops without dedicated graphics cards.
• Easy, user friendly “drag and drop” interface; so simple, anyone can use it.
With Euclideon, laser-scanned data is smaller, faster, and more realistic.
Thinking outside the polygon
Euclideon was able to achieve Unlimited Detail by questioning one of the fundamental principles of 3D visualisation – the use of polygons in building 3D models.
Polygons have served the world well, but they have a ‘use by’ date. As technology progresses, we are already at the point where characters or objects in 3D visualisations can have polygons that are less than 1 pixel big. At this point there is just no reason to process them as a triangle and so most in the industry agree that the future of graphics is atomic.
Euclideon’s Unlimited Detail technology, used in its Geoverse software, is based on the concept of atoms in 3D space – that is, storing objects as collections of 3D pixels. This is a better way of representing real-world objects, as it doesn’t ‘fill in’ objects with homogenous textures and repetitive shapes. Rather, it represents every pixel of a scanned object just as it appears in the real world.
Like nothing else out there
On the surface, Unlimited Detail may look like some existing technologies available elsewhere. However, there are some crucial differences under the hood that really set it apart.
After the debut of the UD demo video on YouTube, some people made the mistake of saying that UD was a voxel system. A voxel system is where you make everything out of either small blocks or floating atoms. While UD does make everything out of atoms, the difference is that it uses an entirely different approach that allows infinite numbers of them running in real-time. Traditional voxel techniques were just too inefficient and limited.
How Unlimited Detail differs:
Unlimited detail is a search algorithm that searches for one atom for every pixel on the screen. Because it functions in this way, the total volume of data is irrelevant and the algorithm’s speed depends on screen resolution instead of dataset size.
With UD, your laser scanned data is smaller, faster, and more realistic.
A perfect fit for the geospatial industry
The atomic method used by Unlimited Detail to store and render 3D data is practically identical to the data generated by 3D laser scanning; commonly known as point clouds.
As such, it made perfect sense for Euclideon to start focussing on how the UD technology can apply to the biggest creators and users of point cloud data and laser surveying – the geospatial industry.
As part of this move towards the geospatial industry, Euclideon has created specialised software – Geoverse – that can view point cloud data converted from industry standard formats (e.g. .LAS). Data is viewed – in 2D or stereoscopic 3D –without loading times through Geoverse’s intuitive interface using either a mouse or a gaming controller.
Alternatively, Euclideon has also created a Software Development Kit (SDK) allowing OEMs to integrate Euclideon’s UD visualisation technology into existing geospatial software packages. This way, point cloud data benefits not only from UD’s instant visualisation technology, but can also interact with an organisation’s existing spatial datasets – enabling better asset management, customer engagement, situational briefing, or a myriad of other uses.
If your organisation is keen to start using Euclideon’s UD technology, and can’t wait for your geospatial software provider to integrate the technology themselves, Euclideon also offers agile enterprise solutions, tailor-made to suit your requirements.
Please contact us to see what Euclideon can do for your business.