Tony Parisi, one of the co-creators of VRML--Virtual Reality Modeling Language--along side Mark Pescue, recently discussed the future of Virtual Worlds. When asked "What conditions should be present that are not today for a serious widespread of virtual worlds in the future?" Tony response was "two things. First, a ubiquitous client. Either Unity, or a Unity competitor; or WebGL (maybe not version 1.0 because it might not have all the features)." The second item is game play within the virtual worlds.
Andor Salga has posted a good collection of 3D sketches for WebGL. You can view the code beside the WebGL window. The variety of sketches gives one a good sense of what is possible at this stage of WebGL development. A WebGL enable browser is required.
Google announced that it has partly scrapped its own browser plug-in project called O3D. Although they will be throwing its full weight behind the 3D Web graphics technology called WebGL, O3D will live on. Google is rebuilding O3D as a library of pre-built software that others can use on top of a WebGL foundation.
EnergizeGL is the latest in a hand-full of WebGL frameworks that have recently arrived on the scene. EnergizeGL hides all the technical details of programming, enabling you to concentrate on your own project. Complete with lots of examples and demo's, EnergizeGL 0.7a is available for download today.
Katalabs now has a demo of their WebGL 3D Gallery online. A video demonstrates the possibilities of their software, and the online demo lets you create your own gallery.
One of Mozilla's Principal Engineers, Vladimir Vukicevic originally wrote the Canvas3D extension, which was a precursor to the WebGL work. Fairly wide support for the HTML5 Canvas element by modern browsers, along with increasing support for OpenGL ES by various hardware drivers, lead us to conclude that the time was right for a 3D drawing context within the HTML5 Canvas element.
The GWT Quake II port project uses WebGL, the Canvas API, HTML 5
All of the session slides from the 2010 GDC Khronos Group sessions are available online in PDF format. Slides sets available include: