Apple and Virtual Reality - One year later

In the recent WWDC Apple announced great news regarding Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). The first, is the launch of new computers prepared for these technologies, the second is that they have improve the 3D graphics with Metal 2, but the most interesting is what has not been announced, Apple does not launch its own VR platform, nor its own HMD (Virtual reality glasses).

Many articles can be read with the news announced by the firm of cupertino, so we will leave all those news that surely excite the followers of the mark aside to focus on what seems most relevant. Apple confirms its interest in the VR and AR industry, and does not launch a new platform that further shreds the market.

The absence of interest shown by Apple in VR has so far supported the idea of many skeptics who have taken these industries as passing fashions. Yesterday a year late than the PC, Apple announces VR-ready devices and enhancements on its software to deliver better graphics in this category. It is the definitive confirmation that these tools have come to change our world, leisure, social interaction and the way we will work.

But if that seemed clear from the rumors, what is surprising is the strategy taken, contrary to that they have developed in many other products where they have redefined the concept independently of others. This time the announcement has not included any platform of its own, nor its own HMD. They have limited themselves to support other already existing and consolidated platforms starting with SteamVR, which means access for VIVE and OpenVR on Mac.

Although this may disappoint some fans who may have expected an exclusive minimalist device of Apple's own, and this is great news. That an actor of this importance bet on one of the most consolidated platforms means much less fragmentation for the industry, therefore better access to content for users.

This puts Apple for the first time an item like this in the majority consortium, rather than playing solo. Role that in this scenario has taken Facebook with Oculus.

Still possible that the Apple will be preparing its own HMD, although they reserve to launch when the equipment this days announced announced are in the hands of early adopters. Probably if that, we will not see anything until 2018.

On our side at Moøkan, we are excited about what we have seen. Apple makes its show with HTC and Unreal Engine, which are also our commitment to the future, with which we develop our virtual reality applications.



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J.F. Rogge - Ernst Thälmann Bust

Hoy traemos un busto del líder comunista alemán Ernst Thälmann, realizado por el escultor también alemán J.F. Rogge. El escultor reconocido por sus bustos y monumentos primero de los líderes de la alemania nacionalsocialista y tras la II guerra mundial de los líderes comunistas. Así muchas de sus obras están elaboradas sobre fotografías de los personajes retratados con los que no siempre fue coetáneo.

En este caso la escultura del año 1959 retrata a Ernst Thälmann quince años después de su ejecución y tras haber pasado otros once años encarcelado por el gobierno nazi, después de ser arrestado en 1933.



Este bronce sobre base de granito deja el cuello abierto pudiéndose observar el vacío interior de la pieza. En el caso del modelo 3d solo hemos cerrado el hueco sin reconstruir el interior por la imposibilidad de fotografiarlo y no querer cargar el modelo con geometría no visible.



En total hemos utilizado 75 imagenes para reconstruir este modelo de 10x20x30 cm creando una versión final optimizada para el navegador de 11882 polígonos. Para mejorar la calidad de nuestros modelos en esta ocasión hemos introducido unas texturas adicionales.


Primero hemos separado las sombras del propias de la escultura generando una textura para el color llamada albedo y otra para las sombras las sombras difusas llamada Oclusión Ambiental (AO).

Posteriormente, hemos creado el mapa de normales y el de elevación. Los dos remplazan la información que se pierde al reducir el modelo para verlo en el navegador. El mapa de normales guarda información de orientación, que funciona muy bien con la luz.  El mapa de elevación mediante teselaciones del modelo nos permite recuperar la geometría original en aplicaciones como nuestra galería virtual.


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今天我们带来一副由德国雕刻家罗格(J.F. Rogge)创作的德国共产主义领导人恩斯特·台尔曼(Ernst Thälmann)的半身雕像。雕塑家以他的半身像和纪念碑所认可,先是德国国家社会主义领袖,其后是第二次世界大战后的共产党领导人。因此,他的许多作品都阐述了与他并不总是同时代的人物。在这样的情况下,在台尔曼于1933年被纳粹逮捕并囚禁十一年后被处决,之后十五年后也即1959年,这副雕像才被创作出来。












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J.F. Rogge - Ernst Thälmann Bust


Today we bring a bust of the German communist leader Ernst Thälmann, made by the German sculptor J.F. Rogge. The sculptor recognized by his busts and monuments first of the leaders of the German National Socialist and after World War II of the communist leaders. Thus many of his works are elaborated on photographs of the characters portrayed with whom he was not always contemporary.

In this case the sculpture of 1959 portrays Ernst Thälmann fifteen years after his execution and after spending eleven years imprisoned by the Nazi government, after being arrested in 1933.



This bronze on a granite base leaves the neck open and you can see the interior void of the piece. In the case of the 3d model we have only closed the gap without rebuilding all the interior due to the impossibility of photographing it and not wanting overload the 3D model with invisible geometry.



Altogether we used 75 images to reconstruct this model of 10x20x30 cm creating a final version optimized for the browser 11882 polygons. To improve the quality of our models this time we have introduced some additional textures.


First we have separated the shadows of the sculpture itself, creating a texture for the color called albedo and another one for the diffuse shadows called Ambient Occlusion (AO).



Subsequently, we have created the normal map and the elevation map. The two replace the information lost by reducing the model to view it in the browser. The normal map holds orientation information, which works very well with light. The elevation map using tessellations model allows us to recover the original geometry in applications like our Virtual Hall.


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Aladrén, male bust

Emilio Aladrén was a sculptor whose fame is divided between his work and his relationship with the poet Federico García Lorca, whose separation led the Granada poet to New York. His subsequent political alignment would lead to his greatest successes during the Franco dictatorship, portraying the regime's pro-men. In 1944 death overtook him prematurely ending his career with 38 years.

The sculpture that we publish today is a bust of 1927, when he was with Lorca. Just 5 years after joining the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. It is a painted plaster of 48 cm high and 18 x 18 cm base.


This model has been reconstructed from 43 images of the original. Thanks to the texture of the paint, its low brightness and simplicity of model has been easy to obtain a very precise result as you can see now in the 3D model.

The model can be downloaded completely free in its online version from Sketchfab, or buy the detailed version giving us your support to continue spreading art and culture in 3D from Snaptank.

In Moøkan we believe that this is the way to see and enjoy sculpture beyond museums without borders. We look forward to help you digitize your collection. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to digitize it for preservation or dissemination!




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Emilio Aladrén作品:男性半身雕像


Emilio Aladrén 是一个在雕塑方面的声誉与他与诗人费德里科·加西亚·洛尔迦(Federico García Lorca)的关系上完全不一样的雕塑家。他随后的政治路线导致他在Franco独裁统治期间取得的最大成功。1944,他过早地去世,结束了他38年的事业。

今天我们带来的这副雕像作品是Emilio Aladrén于1927年还与加西亚在一起时创作的,仅在加入圣费尔南多皇家美术学院五年之后。这是一个48厘米高、底座为18×18厘米的石膏像。













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Aladrén, busto masculino

Emilio Aladrén fue un escultor cuya fama se ve dividida entre su obra y su relación con el poeta Federico García Lorca, cuya separación llevó al poeta granadino hasta Nueva York. Su posterior alineación política le llevaría a sus mayores éxitos durante la dictadura franquista, retratando a los prohombres del régimen. En 1944 la muerte le alcanzó de forma prematura acabando su carrera con 38 años.

La escultura que hoy publicamos es un busto masculino de 1927, época que salía con Lorca. apenas 5 años después de ingresar en la Real academia de la Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Se trata de un yeso pintado de 48 cm de alto y 18 x 18 cm de base.


Este modelo se ha reconstruido a partir de 43 imágenes del original. Gracias a la textura de la pintura, su poco brillo y la sencillez de modelo ha sido sencillo obtener un resultado muy preciso como se puede ver ahora en el modelo 3D.

El modelo se puede descargar completamente gratis en su versión online desde Sketchfab, o comprar la versión detallada dándonos tu apoyo para continuar difundiendo arte y cultura en 3D desde Snaptank.

En Moøkan creemos que esta es la forma en la que poder ver y disfrutar la escultura más allá de los museos y sin fronteras. Estamos deseando ayudarte a digitalizar tu colección ¡No dudes en contactarnos si deseas digitalizarla para su conservación o difusión!



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“Cabeza de Unamuno” de Pablo Serrano

Hoy traemos una escultura de Pablo Serrano, uno de los artistas españoles más relevantes del siglo XX, fundador del Grupo “El Paso”, movimiento de vanguardia, que introduce el arte abstracto en la España de posguerra. Su relevancia internacional se puede ver en los museos que exhiben su obra, tales como el MoMA o el Guggenheim de Nueva York, el Hirshhorn de Washington, el Centro Pompidou en París, el Hermitage en San Petersburgo o las Galerías Vaticanas y en todas las colecciones relevantes de arte moderno en España.

La escultura digitalizada es un ensayo para la cabeza del monumento a Unamuno en Salamanca. Muestra de la que se realizó una serie de 6 bronces. Estas piezas de tamaño similar a la cabeza del monumento en Salamanca tienen unas dimensiones de 28.4 x 39 x 27.3 cm.


El monumento representa a Miguel de Unamuno, filósofo y escritor de la generación del 98 (1898). Caminando, pensativo, con las manos a la espalda, su cuerpo se desdibuja y la atención queda en su rostro, haciendo de la cabeza el tema central del retrato.

Para digitalizarla hemos utilizado 85 fotos. Hemos construido una malla 3D de alta densidad de puntos que hemos escalado y limpiado. posteriormente lo hemos optimizado para verse online, reemplazando el detalle eliminado en este proceso por texturas obtenidas por comparación entre el modelo detallado y el simplificado.

El modelo final pasa de los 9 millones de polígonos originales a apenas 30.000, consiguiendo que se pueda ver cómodamente desde el navegador, en teléfonos, tabletas y ordenadores o en proyectos de realidad virtual como nuestro Virtual Hall.

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¡Descarga este modelo de forma gratuita en Sketchfab o su versión de alta calidad en Snaptank!




Category: Work



今天我们带来的是20世纪最重要的西班牙艺术家帕布罗·塞拉诺(Pablo Serrano)的作品。他创办了埃尔帕索(集团)(El Paso (Group)),并直接影响了战后西班牙抽象艺术的先锋派运动。他的国际影响力在纽约古根海姆博物馆、华盛顿赫希杭博物馆、巴黎蓬皮杜中心、圣彼得堡赫米蒂奇和梵蒂冈画廊的展出以及现代西班牙艺术收藏品中都可见一斑。

这个数字化的雕塑是为萨拉曼卡纪念碑(monument to Unamuno)作测试的乌纳穆诺头像。这件作品是由6个青铜器组成的,尺寸为28.4×39×27.3厘米,类似于萨拉曼卡纪念碑上的头部大小。




这座纪念碑表现了哲学家、‘98 generation (1898)的作者米盖尔·德·乌纳穆诺(Miguel de Unamuno)。他正在散步,沉思,双手放在背后,身体模糊,注意力集中在他的脸上,成为头部肖像的主题。





最终的模型从最初的九百万个三边形降低到三万个,使得从浏览器、手机、平板电脑和电脑都可舒适地观看,或成为像Moøkan的虚拟大厅(Virtual Hall)的VR项目。











Category: Work

“Unamuno's Head” by Pablo Serrano

Today we bring a sculpture by Pablo Serrano, one of the most important Spanish artists of the 20th century, founder of El Paso (Group), avant-garde movement, which introduces abstract art in postwar Spain. Its international relevance can be seen in the museums that exhibit its work, such as the MoMA or the Guggenheim in New York, the Hirshhorn in Washington, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg or the Vatican Galleries and in all relevant collections of modern art in Spain.

The digitized sculpture is a test for the head of the monument to Unamuno in Salamanca. Sample of which was realized a series of 6 bronzes. These pieces of similar size to the head of the monument in Salamanca have dimensions of 28.4 x 39 x 27.3 cm.


The monument represents Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher and writer of the ‘98 generation (1898). Walking, pensive, with his hands behind his back, his body blurred and attention remained on his face, becoming the head the central theme of the portrait.

To digitize it we have used 85 photos. We have built a high density 3D mesh of points that we have scaled and cleaned. Later we have optimized for viewing online, replacing the detail eliminated in this process by textures obtained by comparison between the detailed model and the simplified one.

The final model goes from the original 9 million polygons to just 30,000, making it possible to see comfortably from the browser, phones, tablets and computers or virtual reality projects like our Virtual Hall.

If you found interesting our post leave a comment and share it on social networks! And if you have pieces of art that you want to digitize for your private use or to publish do not hesitate to contact us. In Moøkan we look forward to help you!

Download this model for free in Sketchfab or its high resolution version in Snaptank!




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