The COLLADA working group announces that it has delivered on key objectives agreed with the COLLADA community over the last year. By working with NetAllied, the OpenCOLLADA open-source importer/exporter has been significantly upgraded to provide proven, robust operation and hosted on GitHub for free and easy adoption by tools vendors and the COLLADA community. The OpenCOLLADA SDK offers direct write and parsing import capabilities, and robust support for full COLLADA import/export, which is superior to many commercial solutions. The COLLADA working group also announced the formation of the new “glTF” project to define a final stage OpenGL Transmission Format to enable rapid delivery and loading of 3D content by OpenGL®, OpenGL ES or WebGL™ APIs. More details are available in the press release.
The Khronos Group today announces that multiple WebGL 1.0.1 implementations are now fully conformant on a range of desktop and mobile platforms – with many more to follow. In addition, the WebGL 1.0.2 specification and a set of extensions have been submitted for ratification and are expected to be formally released in April 2013.
World Wide Maze is a pretty basic ball-rolling game, but at it's core is something quite interesting. The first is a link to the mobile version of Chrome that turns your smartphone into a PC game controller. The second is of course that World Wide Maze works off the WebGL standard, and it requires pretty decent system specs for a browser game, including 1GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card for hardware acceleration.
Udacity and Autodesk are now offering a MOOC on the basics of interactive 3D graphics. A MOOC is a massive open (i.e. free) online course. The self-paced course is based on WebGL through the popular three.js library. 19,000 people have signed up so far.
Brought to you in partnership with Autodesk, this class will teach you about the basic principles of 3D computer graphics: meshes, transforms, cameras, materials, lighting, and animation. By the end of this class you will know enough to make an animated 3D demo program that runs in a web browser, while also understanding the basic principles of how realistic computer images are generated. Course Instructors are Eric Haines from Autodesk and Gundega Dekena.
The Boston WebGL Meet-up is looking for a new organizer. As Meetup.com points out, "Without an Organizer, it will disappear from our website in 12 day(s)." Anyone in the Boston area who is interested, is urged to contact the Meetup group. The Khronos Group would also love to have a Chapter Leader in the Boston area.
AMD developer conference will be held November 11-14 in San Jose this year. This event gathers together many developers, companies and press. The deadline for submission is March 15, so if you are planning on submitting, you haven't much time left. The submission site is here.
METAVERSE Technology has launched a new marketplace website for 3D software objects used in the gaming industry, the architecture business, by education providers or users of virtual worlds. The web 3d community is based on both the widely accepted COLLADA format for 3D objects, and standard image file formats for textures. This service is for professional and private 3D artists and graphics designers to market their web3D objects.