Virtual reality (VR) refers to a computer-generated environment, which can correspond with the real or an imaginary world. For instance, we can bring any construction project into virtual reality. This way any building or complex is free for exploring and experimentation before a single brick has been laid.
With our technologies and methods, we can create whole new worlds or turn the existing ones into a digital form. We can render in 3D buildings, manufacturing plants, landscapes, forests, urban areas, furniture, machines, HVAC-systems, 2D and 3D blueprints, MRI and CT images.
With virtual reality, we recreate the material and apply it for wide variety of purposes.
Augmented reality (AR) stands for technologies that add computer-generated information to real environments, which are viewed through display devices. Augmented reality is therefore different from virtual reality: it is not a representation of a system as a whole, but an expanded version of an existing one. One of our AR apps works the following way: when the AR device recognizes an object, such as a part of an engine, a three-dimensional exploded view of the part is shown on the device.
In addition to virtual and augmented reality, there exists the concept of mixed reality. In principle, it refers to the interaction of the physical and the digital reality: in the future, surgeons will be able to perform remote surgeries with the help of virtual reality.
Because the concepts are many and overlap each other, people have started to refer to all of them by XR.
Reality capture (RC) refers to the digitalizing of various kinds of environments and objects. The process results in 3D models and materials. We at 3D Talo provide laser scanning, photogrammetry and 360-degree videos and photos.
Laser scanning is a superior 3D scanning method. Our FARO S120 scanner measures up to one million points per second, and it includes colors. We can use the scan data for diverse purposes. The point-cloud model can be turned into a polygon mesh model. We are also able to automatically convey point-cloud data inside virtual reality. With our laser scanning you can be sure, that the preliminary material for you project is in order.
Photogrammetry represents the capturing of environments and materials using digital photographs. In photogrammetry, our DJI Phantom 3 drone is of great help. We use photogrammetry for virtual reality, for example, when a construction project needs to be presented with their actual surroundings.
Freely rotatable 360-degree photos and videos enhance the customers’ commitment. They work well, for example, in the marketing of various kinds of environments, products and services.
We have put a grand emphasis on the digitalizing of materials. It is crucial in achieving photorealistic virtual reality. Our archive contains hundreds of materials, that are typically found in construction, interior design and so on. This includes wood, concrete, paint, textiles and ceramic, just to mention a few. The lion’s share of the materials has been created from scratch with different methods, like procedural programming. The rest has been reality-captured.