Introducing the 3D Computer Cursors  


3D is the new black not only here in Singapore but around the world. When we hear 3D, we usually think of a movie or a video game. Actually, 3D is much more than that because it has other applications. Before anything else, we should know what 3D means. 3D means three-dimensional space.


In science and technology, 3D refers to computer graphics, stereoscopy, 3D modelling, 3D scanning, 3D printing, 3D rendering and 3D projection. For consumers, 3D makes life more interesting. So, what’s new with 3D?

Scientists at the University of Montreal moved one step forward in 3D technology. Scientists are now developing techniques that will enable computer cursors to interact in 3D. According to the lead researcher, the new technology defies the notion of the function of cursor.

Cursors refer to a mark on our computer screen that shows the place where information is being read or entered. Researchers now utilize cursor for controlling and drawing plane. The researchers call this Hyve-3D system and 3D cursor through Hydridlab Inc., a startup company.


The technique of using a cursor was revealed at SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference in Los Angeles. The cursor does not only cater sketching but it can also be useful to different fields like medical imaging, architectural design and computer games.

For others who are in the field of dimensional projection, this is good news. With this, things like navigating, modifying and manipulating objects and creations will be easier for the artists and the designers.

The cursor is not yet available in the market but soon it will be. We will have to wait and see.


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