Urban Galaxy Online is a MMORPG built entirely on HTML5 technologies. Its graphics are powered by the WebGL renderer of the popular three.js engine. The game was built by a small team of 3 developers during the last 5 years, betting on WebGL while the standard was still shaping up and browser support was partial. Now the game is fully supported on all major desktop browsers, with experimental support for WebGL enabled mobile Chrome and mobile Safari.
An introduction to those most noteworthy of WebGL enablers—Babylon.js and Three.js wherein we shall endeavour to render a simple electronic Yule Tide scene for each. In keeping with the seasonal theme there will be door prizes. The last WebGL meetup was a great success, and we look forward to see you on December 16th for this meetup.
Update: The DIYVR Kickstarter projected reached its goal in just 4 days!
If you don't know what DIYVR is, hop over to this fast moving WebGL related Kickstarter and see what all the fuss is about. In short, DIYVR is open, web-based software development tools for Virtual Reality. There are two other WebGL related kickstarters now running: APEXvj TURBO is a next-gen music visualizer for your Windows and Mac computer. It analyses and animates your music in real time! Synth : Remix Audio & Video in this HTML5 WebGL Synthesizer. Hat tip to Learning WebGL for pointing out these great projects to us.
Organized by The Immersive Technology Alliance, the Immersed conference features two days of sessions by worldwide virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D experts. Some of the international speakers include John Gaeta (The Matrix Trilogy Academy Award winner, Lucasfilm), Mary Spio (Next Galaxy), Neil Trevett (The Khronos Group, Nvidia), Scott Broock (Jaunt), Shannon Blake Gans (New Deal Studios), Karl Krantz (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality), and more. Canada’s Habib Zargarpour (Creative Director, Microsoft Studios), Gord Harris (Christie Digital), David Nalasco (AMD), James Milward (Secret Location), Ana Serrano (Canadian Film Centre Media Lab), Ray Sharma (XMG Studio), James Stewart (Geneva Film Company), and more will also be speaking. Temporary code “ImmerseMe” reduces registration by $75. Deeply discounted exhibition options available for qualified early start-ups requiring media and investment group attention. Free exhibition opens to the general public on the Sunday afternoon. Limited space! Register for free online and in advance.
TraceParts has launched support for WebGL 3D rendering across its entire library of free downloadable CAD models. Users are now able to view and interact with live 3D models directly in any compatible web browser, without the use of plugins or other additional software, making the millions of parts on their site easier to access than ever.
Unity 5.0 beta has launched and comes with one-click WebGL deployment to compatible browsers.
The latest PowerVR SDK v3.4 includes several exciting new features, including the addition of the latest compilers for PowerVR Series6 (FP16 and FP32) and Series6XT GPUs to PVRShaderEditor, providing more up-to-date shader profiling. PVRShaderEditor also adds new functionality to access the GLSL disassembly for these compilers as well as full instruction set documentation for PowerVR Rogue GPUs. A new WebGL SDK has been included in the package.
The crew at Owlchemy Labs were given the unique opportunity to work closely with Unity, maker of the leading cross-platform game engine, and Humble to attempt to bring one of our games, "Aaaaa! for the Awesome", a collaboration with Dejobaan Games, to the web via technologies like WebGL and asm.js.
The annual Augmented Reality Conference hosted by Metaio - InsideAR - will be held in Munich, Germany on October 29-30th. Neil Trevett will be presenting on Bringing Spatial Awareness to Mobile AR including Google Project Tango and Advances in Mobile Sensing – and will provide insights on how Khronos APIs can be used to accelerate advanced AR applications. Metaio hosts InsideAR in Munich, Tokyo and Beijing, and had great success last year with more than 800 participants from industry, research, OEMs and developers.
The free WebGL library CopperLicht has just been released in version 1.8. New features are animation blending, directional lights, iOS 8 support, touch aware browser support, compatibility with the just released CopperCube 5 editor, and much more. CopperLicht can be downloaded for free from its website, which also includes some demos of it in action.