Silhouette Maps for Improved Texture Magnification

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Another approach comes from Jack Tumblin's group at Northwestern. Their "Bixels" idea is actually quite similar to our own. In fact, if you study their paper, you will see that bixels are really the same thing as our silhouette maps, only with a different name.

Bixels use a more complex reconstruction kernel than what we do in our work because they take the color samples of neighboring cells into account as well. This complicates the implementation a bit, and to our knowledge bixels have not been implemented in graphics hardware and do not run in real-time. By accelerating our implementation with graphics hardware, we we were able to get 300 fps in some applications as in the demo we saw today.

Finally, they seem to target image compression or image reconstruction, a slightly different application than what we propose. For one, they do not show any examples of texture mapping in their paper. ヱ present silhouette maps as a primitive that can be used in any application where textures are commonly used in computer graphics. That is why we are able to show not only texture mapping examples, but also transparency textures, shader control, and even shadow mapping!

As presented at SIGGRAPH/EUROGRAPHICS Graphics Hardware 2004
by Pradeep Sen on August 30, 2004