What are Models in Spatial Computing?

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In augmented reality (A/R), virtual reality (V/R) and mixed reality (M/R), the term "model" (plural: "models") refers to a three-dimensional (3D) object.

An example of a male and female character.

An example of two models that represent a male and a female character.

The terms geometry, object or model are often used interchangeably to refer to an A/R, V/R or M/R three-dimensional element (i.e. a character or a cube).

These models often use textures or other materials to create the final visual outcome through physically based rendering (PBR) or texture mapping and in the event of characters, they may implement joints to allow the models to be rigged for animations.

As models increase in complexity, their polygon count goes up, which increases their file size and the amount of time it takes to render.

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