Musasabi: 2D/3D intuitive and detailed visualization system for the forest

Takuya Kato, Akira Kato, Naomi Okamura, Taro Kanai, Ryo Suzuki, Yuko Shirai

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    Trees have been a pillar of our lives not just for human but for all the species living in the earth. Despite of its blessings for our lives, the heaps of problems around forestry have not been solved. One of the major problems in this field is that most of the forest are not been sorted into an organized database. Detailed natural data have never been provided even in famous map applications, Google earth for instance, induced from its difficulty. The forest database has been demanded in many regions as it provides beneficial information for both industrial and environmental aspects. It even helps many divisions such as CG animations to simulate not only a tree itself but also the mountain or the forest as a whole depending on given natural conditions. One of the major solutions to efficiently collect data of the forest is to use the image and 3D data that are acquired from the sky as represented by the method proposed by [Vihervaara et al.2015]. While these algorithms showed the effectiveness to many regions, they only provided solutions to areas that can easily measure from the sky. In addition, these data are not understandable for unspecialized users. As a result, it has been questionable to be used in many areas with more intense natural environment and less technical knowledge such as tropical areas. Summarizing the above, the system which satisfies the usability for both the measuring process and visualization system is required. We propose a novel device and interface, which we named "Musasabi" to create database automatically from the acquired data from our original measuring device and visualize it onto the 2D/3D map. Our unique device enables us to acquire many different data of the forest with easy manipulation that cannot be acquired from long range sensors proposed in previous work. Our system allows users interactive and intuitive controls to the database to easily use and develop for various demands without deep knowledge of forestry, device and coding.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationACM SIGGRAPH 2015 Posters, SIGGRAPH 2015
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Print)9781450336321
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 31
    EventInternational Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
    Duration: 2015 Aug 92015 Aug 13


    OtherInternational Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLos Angeles

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Human-Computer Interaction


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