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Three German developers are shaking up the Silicon Valley: their start-up “Realities.io” brings photorealistic images of real places in the Virtual Reality. This is made possible by photogrammetry.

While many companies want to sell boring 360-degree photos and videos as “Virtual Reality”, three German developers digitize real environments so that they actually deserve the name. Realities.io is the name of the start-up, who is, in combination with the almost identical Windows software Realities, currently impressing HTC Vive owners.
The free software, available on Steam, currently only runs with the virtual reality glasses from HTC.

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Instead of simply sticking photos in a virtual ball, where you can look around (so function 360 degree photos), these are real 3D models to walk around in. This is made possible by the photogrammetry technique. Instead of specialized hardware, the pictures for the creation of 3D models are being taken with a conventional camera system – the work is being done by algorithms.

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