HUAWEI Scene Kit: Driving the Development of Digital Beauty
Outdated computer graphics are a thing of the past as consumers relentlessly search for the next best resolution and frame rate. From 720p to 1080p to 4K to 8K, and 30 fps to 60 fps to 120 fps to 240 fps, the pursuit knows no end. The race to bring new digital beauty remains significant amongst developers, business owners, and consumers alike, presenting endless possibilities to be explored.
In a fast-moving world that continues to be driven by digital progress, and continuing to advance in that way, it makes sense that individuals are seeking better visuals to match. Which begs the question: how can brands, organizations, and platforms demonstrate that they can offer the best digital graphics to their customers?
Right from the onset of this project, Huawei’s development team focused on creating technology to enhance picture realness. In the beginning, they were limited to basic triangles and quadrilaterals to create digital imagery. Later, they continued to work with colors, shading, and light to add action and bring images to life.
With the HUAWEI Scene Kit, Huawei’s vision was to bring beauty to the world. The aim was to bridge the gap between developers who seek the next generation of digital beauty with the rich 3D rendering capabilities that enable them to do so. Fundamentally supported by the Phoenix Engine, the app experience culminates into the ultimate visual performance that Huawei’s consumers can indulge in.
HMS Core 5.0 launched in June this year with a clear intention: to bring leading hardware capabilities to developers looking for robust, alternative APIs to benefit both themselves and smartphone users. It was then, the Scene Kit was born.
Inspired to create a kit capable of enhancing digital beauty across sectors, Huawei’s had their eyes set on the application of Augmented Reality (AR). During development, they made sure to consider previous developers’ pain points – seamless integration and boosting revenue. Working closely with existing platforms such as Android Studio and Game Engines to enhance Huawei’s software, they made sure that it is already recognizable, making it easy for apps and game developers to integrate Scene Kit with their existing workflow. Higher efficiency also means that developers can better monetize their platforms and boost app revenue, by reducing cost and generating apps quickly, in a competitive market.
From retail to gaming, beautiful visuals are inspiring an endless array of opportunities. Game developers can use Scene Kit to apply dedicated optimizations. This can help games to run faster and smoother with a better-quality picture. Meanwhile, retail developers can create a unique AR shopping experience to entice customers.
By applying the 2D to 3D technology, developers can also convert text and images into 3D previews, which has been successfully tested by several shopping apps looking to enhance the consumer experience through 360-degree product views. The Scene Kit works in tangent with Huawei’s AR capabilities, simplifying the entire process of 3D rendering for developers who have yet to explore such technology. Something that is often raised with technological developments such as AR, is the need for background knowledge. Scene Kit features a simplified AR entry, which omits the prerequisite for developers to have this background knowledge on AR, 3D, 3D rendering, and connection concepts. It comes in two separate SDKs to facilitate quick integration and implementation. With the debugging and coding is left to Huawei, developers can now freely explore the capabilities on offer.
Enhancing beauty whilst simultaneously improving image quality and performance, Scene Kit acts as a compact and complete rendering engine with rich 3D rendering capabilities that imitate physical image.
A prime example of this technology in action is through StorySign. In 2018, using AI and augmented reality, HUAWEI together with partners created the literacy platform for deaf children. Using image recognition technology, AI, and AR, the app translates a featured book into perfect sign language page by page delivering a seamless, happy, and rewarding experience. To take this experience one step further, they will be integrating the Scene Kit with StorySign. It allows for real-time calculation of texts into actions on the back-end, using video to display facial expressions and character actions. This translates to smaller data packet size since there is no need for saving in advance – bragging of infinite possibilities. But, what next?
Huawei recognizes the potential of the Scene Kit’s capabilities, and they are now actively looking to explore new areas. Considering business potential alone, adding 3D elements could transform labor-intensive projects. Picture it: intuitive 3D visualization, reduced labor costs, and improved production efficiency.
There is no limit as to where the technology demonstrated in the Scene Kit could take society over the next few years. Having AR technology so easy to integrate with works in everyone’s favor, yes, but is also likely to benefit different aspects of ordinary people’s everyday lives. Take children, for example, something so visually enhanced and beautiful could capture their attention and work perfectly in tangent with schools’ education goals. The possibilities are endless.
Everyone loves beautiful things. Graphics’ progression rate will continue to grow in the future. Huawei believes that hardware and AI development will drive this forward. To developers, they encourage 3D display and will continue to offer to work in collaboration to bring more beauty into the world. Together, let’s continue to drive the production of beauty.