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VRfx: A user friendly tool for the creation of photorealistic virtual environments

: Bues, M.; Wenzel, G.; Dangelmaier, M.; Blach, R.


Stephanidis, C.:
Universal access in human-computer interaction. Vol.2: Ambient interaction : 4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2007. Held as part of HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007. Proceedings
Berlin: Springer, 2007 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4555)
ISBN: 3-540-73280-2
ISBN: 978-3-540-73280-8
International Conference on Universal Access in Human Computer Interaction (UAHCI) <4, 2007, Beijing>
International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International) <12, 2007, Beijing>
Fraunhofer IAO ()

By using VR, industrial designs and architectural studies can be evaluated in early stages of development. In order to judge visual appearances and surface materials, a high visual quality is crucial. Today's programmable graphics hardware allows rendering of photorealistic effects in real-time. Basically, this functionality can be ex-ploited in VR, but the amount of work for model creation must be by orders of magni-tudes lower than what's acceptable for computer games. Thus, a tool is needed which allows efficient preparation of design models from the digital process chain for high-fidelity VR models and which is easy to use for people who are familiar with model-ing or CAD software. In this article, we describe the software tool VRfx. which ad-dresses this task.