Firefox 8 adds support for a WebGL security feature: cross-origin resource sharing (CORS), which provides a secure method for loading textures from other domains.
A new interactive Web documentary from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lets users see online video in a whole new way. Touted as one of the world's first interactive documentaries to utilize WebGL technology to generate realistic, interactive videogame-like graphics, and also incorporate Mozilla's new Popcorn.js interactive web video technology. Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, said it is "a prime example of the work we are doing together to empower makers and build tools that anyone can use to make awesome things happen-on the Web and in the world. It's a testament to how we are building a better Web together."
With the launch of My Robot Nation almost anyone can now go online and create the droid of their dreams. My Robot Nation is from Kodama Studios, a Silicon Valley startup founded by two longtime video game industry veterans. The service offers a chance to craft your own robot design and have it quickly 3D printed and delivered to your door. The service uses WebGL, and since WebGL is integrated with the latest HTML technology, we can provide you with a seamless creation experience, meaning that the robot you see on your screen is just like the one you will receive in the mail. If you want to learn more about how My Robot Nation uses WebGL, they will be the guest speaker at the San Francisco WebGL MeetUp this Thursday October 27th. Learn more about My Robot Nation and let us know what you think.
Hot on the heals of the Google announcement about their new MapsGL, Nokia has followed suit with their own maps using WebGL. Currently supported only in Chrome, the Google Earth like Nokia Maps sport 3D terrain and 3D buildings. A great user experience.
What would a bookcase look like if it was designed to hold digital books? Googles bookcase experiment lets you browse over 10,000 titles using WebGL and the Google Books API. View this WebGL experiment and many more.
HelloEnjoy have create an interactive music and light experience in your browser using Three.js. Dim the lights, pop on your headphones and checkout Ellie Goulding Lights in your largest screen.
The October WebGL Developers Meetup features My Robot Nation. Design your own robot and have it printed and delivered right to your door. Mark Danks and Sarah Stocker, co-founders of My Robot Nation, will show how they built this service using WebGL. This Meetup is graciously hosted by Autodesk at their San Francisco campus.
Google has enabled "MapsGL" allowing you to view 3D buildings on the site through the use of WebGL, a 3D graphics technology for the Web that four of the five top browsers have embraced.
Opera Software took the hardware acceleration plunge today with the release of its first alpha version of Opera 12, code-named Wahoo. Opera uses hardware for everything its Vega display engine handles--font display, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) effects, Canvas 2D graphics, and WebGL 3D graphics.