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An Update on Open Standard APIs for Vision Processing from Embedded Vision Alliance

Neil Trevett delivers the presentation, "Update on Khronos Open Standard APIs for Vision Processing," at the December 2015 Embedded Vision Alliance Member Meeting. Neil provides an update on recent developments in multiple Khronos standards useful for vision applications.

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0.1.2.3.4 ART! Vertexshaderart.com

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vertexshaderart.com is a site where you provide a WebGL vertex shader who's only inputs are a number that counts 0, 1, 2, 3, ... and time (and audio). Your job is to make a vertex shader that makes something cool.

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Support for glTF grows

glTF is now supported in Assimp, BabylonJS and xeoEngine. You can also find some great new models contributed by @mlimper_cg and @OkinoComputer. And of course, December 25th wouldn't be complete without NORAD and the Cesium Santa tracker. NVIDIA also has a great write-up on how GPUs help NORAD Track Santa as he navigates the globe.

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Avtech Scientific joins OpenHPC initiative to integrate ASL into the HPC framework.

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Avtech Scientific has joined OpenHPC, a collaborative effort to provide a new, open source stack supporting the world’s most sophisticated high-performance computing (HPC) environments. It will integrate its open source OpenCL-based multiphysics toolkit - [Advanced Simulation Library](http://asl.org.il) into the framework.

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Vulkan Working Group Update

We have some good news and some bad news. The year-end target release date for Vulkan will not be met. However, we are in the home stretch and the release of Vulkan 1.0 is near!

A more detailed update is available on the Vulkan ecosystem page.

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All Imagination Technologies Vulkan presentations now online in one place

Tobias Hector from ImgTec has uploaded all of the recent Vulkan video presentations.

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Mozilla launches the A-Frame framework for creating WebVR experiences with HTML

A-Frame is an open source framework for easily creating WebVR experiences with HTML. It is designed and maintained by MozVR (Mozilla’s virtual reality team research team). A-Frame wraps WebGL in HTML custom elements, enabling web developers to create 3D VR scenes that leverage WebGL’s power, without having to learn its complex low-level API. Because WebGL is ubiquitous in modern browsers on desktop and mobile, A-Frame experiences work across desktop, iPhone (Android support coming soon), and Oculus Rift headsets.

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AMD embraces open source with GPUOpen support for OpenGL, OpenCL and Vulkan

AMD has announce it will start rolling out in January an open source set of tools called GPUOpen. The "All Open" stack will contain open source modules for two parallel stacks, each containing modules for OpenGL graphics, motion video codecs, and OpenCL GPU computation. The "Professional/Gamer" stack will include the open source motion-video module and a closed source OpenGL module. Its final OpenCL module will support both OpenCL and Vulkan. Linux will gain access to a full open source, high-performance driver stack, with the only constraint being that developers must use Vulkan instead of the older OpenGL.

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Wednesday fun: Lightsaber escape with WebGL

If you're a Star Wars fan and have a computer and a smart phone, give this Chrome Experiment a try. From Engadget, "Lightsaber Escape is a Chrome Experiment that Google made in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Star Wars visual-effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. It uses WebGL for the 3D graphics, plus WebRTC and WebSocket for the real-time communication between your phone and desktop."

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Q4 2015 Embedded Vision Alliance Member Meeting presentation slides

Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group recently spoke at the 2015 Q4 Q4 2015 Embedded Vision Alliance Member Meeting on December 9, 2015 in San Jose. This is the slide presentation from that talk.

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