Academy of Science and Arts

InterNext Graphics Institute (IGI) Claims 3D MODEL COMPRESSION STANDARD


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – NOVEMBER 28, 2012: The InterNext Graphics Institute of the Academy of Science and Arts is setting forth a 3D (three-dimensional) Modeling Standard, which has been developed because it is highly compact while retaining a geometrically rich form. Good compression is the lynch pin for 3D graphics communication on the Web, affecting applications as diverse as desktop publishing, CAD/CAM, archeology, animation and so forth.

“Next generation 3D graphics will exist primarily on the Cloud,” said Alyn Rockwood, Director of IGI, “and compression will be the key to making it usable. We are transforming the Web for 3D in much the same way that JPEG changed digital image usage, or MPEG did for animation.”

Dr. Rockwood has been a pioneer in 3D digital compression. Over the last half decade he has developed a new technology for representing 3D graphics objects efficiently and intuitively. Working in collaboration with Dr. Tamas Varady of the Technical University of Budapest, they have demonstrated superior compression of objects from airplanes and cars to ancient amphorae or cartoon characters in 3D. Examples can be seen on the organization’s website at

Ongoing development will extend the capabilities to natural objects like terrain or plants, or noisy, point-based representations from laser scans, etc. The effectiveness of the technology is demonstrated on several developed applications. These include animation, conceptual design, fashion and clothing, and archeological databases.

Establishment of the 3D compression standard will benefit science and art alike by enabling usable exchange of complex data over the Web in real or near real time. It also forms a way of characterizing such data for recognition, security, and data mining purposes.

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