Blockbuster with breathtakingly lifelike special effects, photorealistic representations of exclusive furniture in glossy catalogs and virtual worlds in elaborately programmed video games: three-dimensional data and interactive technologies are setting the digital pace in more and more areas of life. At the Siggraph, the leading international trade fair for complex computer graphics, visionaries and computer freaks from all over the world are currently coming together to set new trends. In addition to the US heavyweights in the industry, start-ups from the Rhine-Main area are also represented there. For them, the Siggraph in Vancouver, Canada, is their ticket to the North American market. “We don’t need to hide,” says Max Limper, one of the founders of the Darmstadt Graphics Group.
The Darmstadt-based company was founded in 2018 out of the Fraunhofer Institute and came to Canada with its Rapid-Compact software. “Our software solution makes it possible to prepare 3D data for all platforms in such a way that, in principle, you don’t need to know how the original data is structured,” says the computer scientist, explaining how Rapid-Compact works. “If, for example, there is a 3D model of a sofa that is used as a photorealistic image in a catalog and is also to be used for a real-time application in augmented reality (augmented reality), files with 500 megabytes are too large, because the file can only be two megabytes in size.”