20120069026 | Segmentation of Free-Form Shapes into Chains of Circular Elements in Computer Graphics Applications - A solution for representing a free-form shape in a data-processing system is proposed. An illustrative method comprises associating sample points defining the free-form shape with a set of circular elements, and storing an indication of the circular elements. Associating includes determining a set of pivot points among the sample points in correspondence of maximum and minimum curvatures of the free-form shape, partitioning the sample points into a set of first groups of sample points each spanning around a corresponding pivot point and a set of second groups of sample points each extending according to a predefined minimum extent between a corresponding pair of adjacent first groups of sample points. Each first group is associated with a first circular element fitting the first group of sample points, and each second group is associated with at least one second circular element providing a predefined continuity with each adjacent first circular element. | 03-22-2012 |