Reality computing is about digitally capturing physical information, creating physical experiences with digital information, and the computing activity that makes something useful in between.
Three simple ideas: Capture, Compute and Create.
Tools and techniques to build high-resolution digital representations of the world through both emerging technologies such as 3d reconstruction from ubiquitous mobile devices and through established methods such as laser scanning.
Computational tools to understand and transform reality data representing the world as it is, as it is imagined, or as it is intended to be, by simulating behavior, recognizing features in the data, and allowing the data to be morphed into new forms.
Tools to create an experience of digital information, such as augmented and virtual reality, digital fabrication equipment including 3D printing, and robotics.
The Smithsonian Institute and the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies teamed up to capture a digital likeness of President Obama. Compared to the plaster masks made in the past, the digital scan is far more durable as well as significantly more comfortable for the subject to produce.
Autodesk is undertaking a project to digitally map and preserve the shipwreck of the USS Arizona which was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Autodesk's survey is the most comprehensive survey ever done and the first survey done in over 30 years.