Method to transform a virtual object into a real physical object
Estimated expiration: 2032-Nov-09
Potentially relevant companies (8): 3D Systems, Canon, Inc., Fujifilm Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Kyocera, Lexmark International Incorporated, Nikon Corporation, Sharp Corporation
Products & technologies (2): Printing:Inkjet, Virtual Reality/Enhanced Reality
A method to create a coarse-grained real physical object (RO) from a fine-grained 3D virtual object (VO). The method comprises the steps of selecting (RTVO) the virtual object, e.g. a character, or at least elements thereof (head, chest, arms, legs) in a virtual environment (VE), creating (CRBB) a bounding box for each element wherein the element fits, creating (CRTC) a texture cloud for each bounding box by taking a 360 degree snapshot of the element as delimited by its bounding box, applying (APIS) image stitching technology on the texture cloud for obtaining a distinct texture for each bounding box, printing (PRBB) the bounding boxes with their associated texture, and stitching the bounding boxes together. The printing step may occur on a paper printer whereby a cut-and-glue real physical object (RO) can be obtained, or directly on a 3D printer. The method is possibly completed by encrypting the real object with semipedia technology, thereby bringing the real object into the virtual environment (VE) and allowing a user can to use the real object for controlling its corresponding virtual object (VO).
1. A method to create a real physical object (RO),
wherein said method comprises:
selecting (RTVO) a virtual object (VO) in a virtual environment;
creating (CRBB) a bounding box wherein said virtual object fits;
creating (CRTC) a texture cloud by taking a 360 degree snapshot of said virtual object as delimited by said bounding box;
applying (APIS) image stitching technology on said texture cloud for obtaining a texture for said bounding box; and
printing (PRBB) said bounding box with said texture.
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