WebGL related stories

Co-Creator of VRML Says Future of Virtual Worlds May Be WebGL

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.

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Collection of 3D sketches for WebGL

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.

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Google drops O3D plug-in, in favour of WebGL

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.

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WebGL Framwork - EnergizeGL

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.

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CopperLicht WebGL 3D engine 1.1 now supports Character Animation

CopperLicht, a fast JavaScript 3D engine has been released today in version 1.1.0. This release now adds support for character animation: The 3D engine is able to import and play back skeletal animated meshes. CopperLicht uses WebGL and is able to render huge 3d worlds like Quake 3 levels (see the demos) at playable speeds. It comes with a full 3d world editor to edit levels and maps and is free to be used. Via it's world editor, CopperLicht is able to import more than 20 3D file formats (like .3ds, .obj, .x, .lwo, COLLADA etc), so it is very easy to create content using this 3d engine.

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Katalabs WebGL 3D Gallery Demo Online

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.

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SceneJS now supports COLLADA import

SceneJS is a JavaScript framework that provides a functional API through which you can easily create interactive 3D scenes on the WebGL canvas element. The most recent beta release now includes the ability to import COLLADA objects. A YouTube Video is available here.

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Interview with Arun Ranganathan from Mozilla on Firefox and WebGL

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.

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GWT Quake II port brings Quake II to the browser via WebGL

The GWT Quake II port project uses WebGL, the Canvas API, HTML 5

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GDC session slides now online-Mobile, OpenCL, COLLADA, OpenGL

All of the session slides from the 2010 GDC Khronos Group sessions are available online in PDF format. Slides sets available include:

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