At the heart of New York-based Valence Digital's new patent (US20230351680A1) lie problems as old as digital art itself: unwieldy, large files and restricted creativity. Common methods to create three-dimensional (3D) models devour storage space and limit artist's possibilities, and these are the issues this patent targets.
A 3D rendition of an intricate design can fill up storage space due to high polygon count. This translates to higher operating costs as enormous amounts of data are stored on servers, making it a costly endeavor for developers. Additionally, artists seldom get the chance to experiment or preview a combination of digital assets before creating a finalized and unique digital asset.
Valence Digital is taking that old model and flipping it on its head. Their modern solution puts forth a method to create intricate 3D models without the need for a third-party server, thus reducing storage space. This system optimizes the necessary polygons to create a lower polygon model, while preserving high resolution, an innovation that helps maintain the digital model's quality while reducing the data required to be stored.
One aspect of the patent that stands out is its application within Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). NFTs use pre-established features to generate preset configurations. In an NFT-heavy landscape where every creation is unique, this constraint is a creative roadblock. Valence's patent aims to break free from this restriction by offering the ability to test various combinations of digital assets in real time, fostering an environment of creativity and originality.
Now, imagine living in a world where a sculptor can design a complicated 3D model on a computer, preview changes in real-time, and then produce a physical model of their creation, all without the constraints of pre-set configurations and server storage. That's the future Valence Digital is aiming for with the release of its patent.
This innovation could transform countless fields, from architecture to medicine. An architect could experiment with numerous designs, textures, and materials, then tweak them in real time before creating a final 3D model of a building. In medical fields, a surgeon could design and preview a unique surgical tool before it is physically produced, tailoring it precisely for a particular procedure.
Valence Digital's patent is a sign of exciting times ahead. However, a word of caution: while this innovation promises a revolution, it is just a patent right now, and there's no surety when or whether it'll hit the market. But for now, the future of digital art and NFTs looks brighter and more creative, thanks to innovations like Valence Digital's patent.