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New Google Street View renderer in the Google Maps with WebGL support

Google made Street View better, especially on mobile devices, by launching a new Street View renderer in the Google Maps JavaScript API. The new renderer uses WebGL (on browsers that support it) which results in a higher frame rate and better rendering, especially on mobile devices. On mobile devices, the old renderer would display a fish-eye projection of the image, whereas WebGL allows us to present a rendered sphere that looks as it would in reality. For example, the street in the image below is straight, but the old renderer made it look curved on mobile devices. Read more about other improvements.

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Silicon Studio’s Xenko Game Engine showing 6X performance boost in Vulkan

Silicon Studio’s Xenko Game Engine now supports the Vulkan API. There is a demo where you'll find a ~3X performance on D3D11/OpenGL and ~6X on Vulkan API.

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New drag and drop to convert OBJ models to glTF

This tool converts COLLADA (.dae) models or OBJ models to glTF for use with Cesium. You may upload one at a time or multiple models with drag and drop. You can also select a single zip file containing both model and textures or drag and drop them together onto the canvas below. Once uploaded, a self-contained glTF file will be downloaded and a model preview will be shown below.

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The Vulkan Interview

Red Gaming Tech had an interview with Tom Olson chair of the Vulkan Working Group, and Neil Trevett President of the Khronos Group. Tom Olson commented "We’re really eager to hear from first-generation developers about what kind of experiences they are having." Neil Trevett wrote "the rate of Vulkan adoption has been faster than any API that Khronos has ever produced." There's a lot of good information on many aspects of Vulkan, head on over and read The Vulkan Interview.

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Khronos BOF Video from SIGGRAPH now online

The Khronos Group has posted video from all of the Khronos BOFs on Youtube. The following video and all the matching presentations are now ready to view:

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OpenGL ES versus Vulkan on Android

With the announcement of Android N back a few months ago, Google mentioned that Android would be supporting the new Vulkan graphics API . How does Vulkan perform compared to OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0? This article aims to find out. The Vulkan, OpenGL, & OpenGL ES BOF from SIGGRAPH 2016 has an update on Vulkan.

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Khronos BOFs from SIGGRAPH Video, Slides and Photos… now online

Khronos has put online a lot of the BOF content from the SIGGRAPH. There a lots of photos here and here, hi-res video from the live stream and all of the slides from the presentations.

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Khronos Establishes Advisory Panel to Create Design Guidelines for Safety Critical APIs

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The Khronos Group today announced the formation of a Safety Critical Advisory Panel to create guidelines for the design of safety critical graphics, compute and vision processing APIs. The Safety Critical Advisory Panel will be open to both Khronos members and invited experts from the industry. Markets such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles, robotics and avionics increasingly need advanced acceleration APIs that are designed to provide reliable operation and enable system safety certification. The guidelines will be openly published and adopted as part of Khronos’ proven API design process. Experienced practitioners in the field of safety critical system design are invited to apply for Advisory Panel membership, at no cost, with more details at the Khronos Safety Critical working group page.

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Windows driver v369.00 provides beta support for OpenGL 2016 ARB extensions on capable hardware

New OpenGL 2016 ARB extension (requires NVIDIA GeForce 600 series or newer GPUs) ARB_gl_spirv New EXT extension (requires NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or newer GPUs) EXT_window_rectangles New NVX extension (requires Nvidia GeForce 1000 Series): NVX_blend_equation_advanced_multi_draw_buffers

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Unity 5 and WebGL porting guide

With Unity 5 it is possible to port your games for the Web without the Unity Web Player. There are a few things you need to know before making your game work with WebGL. This post on Gamasutra will try to steer you in the right direction.

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