The winner of Khronos' Fall 2014 WebGL Widget Contest is the team of William Casola and Marco Tarini, with their interactive Spinnable World Map. They won a WebGL book from Packt Publishing, two WebGL books from O'Reilly, and an NVidia Shield Gaming Tablet. Congratulations! Honorable mention goes to the Orbiting Spheres entry from Tarek Sherif.
PlayCanvas announces Physically Based Rendering is now available via WebGL. Over the past 3 years since PlayCanvas started, WebGL adoption has skyrocketed. WebGL now supported in every major browser, both on mobile and the desktop. Current statistics show that 82.7% of web users have the ability to run WebGL content, and this number continues to rise. The PlayCanvas ‘Star-Lord Demo’ shows that WebGL is perfectly capable of implementing PBR and other high-end graphical features.
This Wikipedia visualization was created by French computer science student Owen Cornec. Each “star” in WikiGalaxy is a single article on Wikipedia. Highly related articles are placed close to each other in space with connections between them. While this is a Chrome experiment running WebGL and HTML5, WikiGalaxy should work in most modern browsers.
CL3VER has joined the AWS Partner Network (APN) as a Technology Partner. This move is a demonstration that browser based interactive 3D Visualization based on WebGL and dedicated to professionals Architects and Manufacturers can be successfully provided via cloud. Leading architecture companies Gensler and NBBJ and the industrial robots manufacturer Yaskawa Motoman have quoted the news confirming the scalability and reliability of the CL3VER platform for professional use. "We see CL3VER as a great compliment to a designer’s toolset and a potential game changer in Design Collaboration.” said Jorge Barrero, Senior Associate at Gensler.
Microsoft has teamed up with NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to track the progress of Santa on Christmas Eve. Be sure to load up the Santa Tracker on Christmas eve with your favourite WebGL enabled browser! For a third year in a row the Santa tracker is using CesiumJS and WebGL for the build.
The Khronos Group will be at SIGGRAPH Asia this coming weekend. Neil Trevett, Khronos Group President and VP of Mobile Content at NVIDIA will be speaking. There will be a panel session "Next Frontiers For Interactive Applications" on Saturday followed by a tech-talk "What's Next In Graphics APIs?" on Saturday December 6th which will cover the rapidly changing landscape of acceleration APIs for mobile devices and the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative first revealed at SIGGRAPH 2014.
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.