This demo uses computer vision to track a Gizmondo's pose relative to a reference marker. It then uses OpenGL ES for hardware-accelerated rendering of an animated virtual character that appears to be world-aligned in the real environment. The combination of highly optimized computer vision code with the speed of the nVidia GoForce 4500 chip lets the demo run with 25 frames per second on the Gizmondo gaming device. A video as well as the demo itself are available for download.
Blender is a highly popular open source modeler and rendering suite. The new v2.24 release adds many news tools for enhanced modeling, shading (OpenGL Shading Language-based), and animation. This version also supports the Bullet physics engine and adds support for COLLADA 1.4 import and export, including support for basic physics and textures.
The new Houdini v8.1 features an animator-friendly Auto Rig, Muscle System, Character Picker, Pose Library and enhancements to the Rigid Body and Wire dynamic solvers. For artists who want to bring their work from other 3D animation packages into Houdini, Houdini 8.1 includes support for the import of geometry, lights, cameras, transformations and keyframe animation through COLLADA. Animated character rigs can also be imported as a hierarchy of keyframed null objects that can be used with Houdini 8.1’s new muscle tools.
MOPET is a PocketPC-based application that uses a GPS device to monitor a user's position and speed on outdoor fitness trails. In addition to map-based and audio navigation assistance, it also offers context-aware exercise demonstrations using an X3D Humanoid-Animation virtual trainer. When the user approaches a fitness trail station, the GPS identifies the station, and a humanoid demonstrates how to correctly perform the exercise. The application renders 3D on PocketPC using OpenGL ES 1.1 (Hybrid's Rasteroid) and for Intel 2700G-based devices (e.g. Dell Axim X50V) using OpenGL ES 1.0.
3D-Test feature interview about COLLADA helps explain the difference between an “interchange” format and an “intermediate” format
This interview on 3D-Test discusses COLLADA and how it is a unique solution to simplify the workflow between the different tools and the game engine. It explains the difference between interchange formats and an intermediate format such as COLLADA, and how COLLADA is designed so that a content creator can split apart a document into component pieces (e.g. model, physics, shaders), each of which can be processed by the best tool, and then re-assembled in the final game or visualization engine.
Wired features a story on how a study by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand used a pair of OpenGL ES enabled Nokia Series 60 phones in a game of Augmeted Reality Tennis - tennis played without a real ball, using a virtual tennis court model superimposed over the real world as seen through the mobile phone camera. Players interact by simply swinging their phones to hit it across a net, just as in ordinary tennis. The study notes that mobile phones have developed into an ideal platform for augmented reality because they have full colour displays, integrated cameras, fast processors, bluetooth for synchronization and dedicated OpenGL ES 3D graphics chips. When the player points the camera phone at the markers they see a virtual tennis court model superimposed over the real world. The full pdf paper discusses the sample application that was developed using peer to peer Bluetooth, vibration for tactile feedback and OpenGL ES for 3D graphics and visual overlays.
Houdini is world renowned for visual effects (e.g. Spider Man, XMen, I Robot, The Wild) with a feature set that includes procedural modeling tools, animation tools which support key-framed or expression-based animation, motion editing, particle effects, dynamics, lighting, compositing, integrated rendering, and character rigging tools. The new Houdini v8.1 beta adds support for COLLADA import.
KML V2.1 is announced and supported by the new Google Earth 4 (beta) and by Google Maps. KML 2.1 supports textures (add photos, patterns, and 2D graphics onto the surface of polygons for 3D models) level of detailing for both placemarks and imagery (to improve performance), hi-resolution imagery (four fold increase), and support for COLLADA. In KML 2.1, you can import 3D models—such as buildings, bridges, monuments, and statues—in the Collada interchange file format. Models are defined independently of Google Earth in their own coordinate space, using applications such as SketchUp, 3D Studio Max, Softimage XSI, or Maya. When a 3D model is imported into Google Earth, it is translated, rotated, and scaled to fit into the Earth coordinate system. Models already loaded into Google Earth can be repositioned and resized using the <Update> element, another new feature in KML 2.1.
The Collada 1.4 plugin for Blender (ColladaBlender) is a translator to and from the COLLADA format from the popular open source Blender 3D modeling animation and rendering suite. The new v0.2.56 adds support for UV and materials, and new GUI export.
'ONE – Who’s Next?' is a 3D fighting game sequel to the popular 'One'. This sequel features more advanced graphics, including new scenarios adapted for landscape mode gaming on Nseries mobile computers. It runs fully OpenGL ES 1.1 hardware accelerated on the new Nokia N93. If you are wondering just what OpenGL ES 1.1 hardware acceleration means for the 'One - Who's Next?", check out their movie trailer. This trailer is 3D generated in real-time on the Nokia N93 with OpenGL ES 1.1 hardware acceleration.