Android APIs
public class

Visibility

extends Object
java.lang.Object
   ↳ android.opengl.Visibility

Class Overview

A collection of utility methods for computing the visibility of triangle meshes.

Summary

Public Constructors
Visibility()
Public Methods
static void computeBoundingSphere(float[] positions, int positionsOffset, int positionsCount, float[] sphere, int sphereOffset)
Compute a bounding sphere for a set of points.
static int frustumCullSpheres(float[] mvp, int mvpOffset, float[] spheres, int spheresOffset, int spheresCount, int[] results, int resultsOffset, int resultsCapacity)
Given an OpenGL ES ModelView-Projection matrix (which implicitly describes a frustum) and a list of spheres, determine which spheres intersect the frustum.
static int visibilityTest(float[] ws, int wsOffset, float[] positions, int positionsOffset, char[] indices, int indicesOffset, int indexCount)
Test whether a given triangle mesh is visible on the screen.
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Inherited Methods
From class java.lang.Object

Public Constructors

public Visibility ()

Added in API level 3

Public Methods

public static void computeBoundingSphere (float[] positions, int positionsOffset, int positionsCount, float[] sphere, int sphereOffset)

Added in API level 3

Compute a bounding sphere for a set of points. It is approximately the minimal bounding sphere of an axis-aligned box that bounds the points.

Parameters
positions positions in x, y, z triples
positionsOffset offset into positions array
positionsCount number of position triples to process
sphere array containing the output as (x, y, z, r)
sphereOffset offset where the sphere data will be written
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if positions is null, positionsOffset < 0, positionsOffset > positions.length - positionsCount, sphere is null, sphereOffset < 0, sphereOffset > sphere.length - 4.

public static int frustumCullSpheres (float[] mvp, int mvpOffset, float[] spheres, int spheresOffset, int spheresCount, int[] results, int resultsOffset, int resultsCapacity)

Added in API level 3

Given an OpenGL ES ModelView-Projection matrix (which implicitly describes a frustum) and a list of spheres, determine which spheres intersect the frustum.

A ModelView-Projection matrix can be computed by multiplying the a Projection matrix by the a ModelView matrix (in that order.). There are several possible ways to obtain the current ModelView and Projection matrices. The most generally applicable way is to keep track of the current matrices in application code. If that is not convenient, there are two optional OpenGL ES extensions which may be used to read the current matrices from OpenGL ES:

  • GL10Ext.glQueryMatrixxOES
  • GL11.GL_MODELVIEW_MATRIX_FLOAT_AS_INT_BITS_OES and GL_PROJECTION_MATRIX_FLOAT_AS_INT_BITS_OES
The problem with reading back the matrices is that your application will only work with devices that support the extension(s) that it uses.

A frustum is a six-sided truncated pyramid that defines the portion of world space that is visible in the view.

Spheres are described as four floating point values: x, y, z, and r, in world-space coordinates. R is the radius of the sphere.

Parameters
mvp a float array containing the mode-view-projection matrix
mvpOffset The offset of the mvp data within the mvp array.
spheres a float array containing the sphere data.
spheresOffset an offset into the sphere array where the sphere data starts
spheresCount the number of spheres to cull.
results an integer array containing the indices of the spheres that are either contained entirely within or intersect the frustum.
resultsOffset an offset into the results array where the results start.
resultsCapacity the number of array elements available for storing results.
Returns
int the number of spheres that intersected the frustum. Can be larger than resultsCapacity, in which case only the first resultsCapacity results are written into the results array.
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if mvp is null, mvpOffset < 0, mvpOffset > mvp.length - 16, spheres is null, spheresOffset < 0, spheresOffset > spheres.length - sphereCount, results is null, resultsOffset < 0, resultsOffset > results.length - resultsCapacity.

public static int visibilityTest (float[] ws, int wsOffset, float[] positions, int positionsOffset, char[] indices, int indicesOffset, int indexCount)

Added in API level 3

Test whether a given triangle mesh is visible on the screen. The mesh is specified as an indexed triangle list.

Parameters
ws the world space to screen space transform matrix, as an OpenGL column matrix.
wsOffset an index into the ws array where the data starts.
positions the vertex positions (x, y, z).
positionsOffset the index in the positions array where the data starts.
indices the indices of the triangle list. The indices are expressed as chars because they are unsigned 16-bit values.
indicesOffset the index in the indices array where the index data starts.
indexCount the number of indices in use. Typically a multiple of three. If not a multiple of three, the remaining one or two indices will be ignored.
Returns
int 2 if all of the mesh is visible, 1 if some part of the mesh is visible, 0 if no part is visible.
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if ws is null, wsOffset < 0, positions is null, positionsOffset < 0, indices is null, indicesOffset < 0, indicesOffset > indices.length - indexCount