Date: Mon Apr 18 2005 - 19:53:48 EEST
In a message dated 05-04-15 22:36:52 EDT, email@example.com writes:
Actually, the one I liked the best was the one of the
hurricane. Models of the surface of the earth, as such,
are a natural application and I like them. I especially
liked the old Helisys models that looked like they were
made out of wood, with each elevation level like the grain
in the wood. They were beautiful.
But taking some other data or information, especially data
that connot otherwise be seen or sensed by humans, and
turning it into something you can actually touch and feel
is even more interesting, especially when you can turn
them into models that can be put together and taken apart
in a way that increases understanding by the use of senses
other than vision.
Indeed, there have been some very nice models made that way. A lot of this
work was done by Mike Bailey's group at the UCSD Supercomputer Center. For those
interested, here's a direct link to an article with some of the storm models
from some time back.
Also, it's been mentioned to me by several individuals that Z Corp.'s color
process is frequently used in relief mapping applications. Here's a link to a
Univ of IL site that was sent to me by Joseph Rocca of Engineering &
Manufacturing Services, Inc. (EMS). This shows the entire state of Illinois in glorious
3D and color:
Castle Island Co.
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