Augmented Reality (AR) is an interactive experience that combines the real world with computer-generated content. AR is defined as a system that combines real and virtual realms, allows for real-time interaction , and accurately registers virtual and real objects as 3D renderings.
To facilitate and make 3D asset management interoperable across applications, there has always been a considerable effort in search of shared file formats. It seems that the glTF file format might have solved these issues.
In terms of technology, glTF describes the 3D asset hierarchy using JSON, as well as geometries, and textures. For animations, it uses a binary payload. On the other hand, it supports textures in JPEG and PNG formats. Furthermore, it supports PBR (Physically Based Rendered) materials, which are the current most popular standard in 3D applications.
Because of its characteristics, its speed, and readability, this format is swiftly taking over as the industry norm for Augmented Reality applications. In fact, the glTF format is recommended if the need is to effectively transfer 3D scene data over the Internet for visual representation in a remote application, like Augmented Reality.
SmartPixels exploits glTF file formats to produce Augmented Reality solutions. Once a product’s 3D rendering has been finalized, it can be exported in a glTF file format in order to create engaging and interactive 3D experiences for our clients.