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.
Ellie Goulding Lights offers a glimpse into the capabilities of WebGL.
Firefox 7 has just been released. Mozilla has identified and patched several vulnerabilities with regards to WebGL including a critical security vulnerabilities.
While watching the season premiere of Terra Nova the other night, we were surprised to see a Google Chrome commercial. We were even more surprised to hear Google prominently announce WebGL in the commercial, not once but twice. We hope you will enjoy the commercial as much as we did.
Intel updated their Sandy Bridge drivers at IDF. Intel has refreshed its generic Sandy Bridge graphics driver to version 18.104.22.1689 for 32-bit Windows Vista and 7 and version 22.214.171.124.2209 for 64-bit Windows Vista and 7. some of the fixes include are WebGL rendering problems in Firefox and Chrome, and various OpenGL enhancements. Details are available on the online Intel PDF.
Not sure where to start at SIGGRAPH 2011? Make your first stop at the Khronos Group Pavilion. Lots of give-aways and lots of demo's from ARM (665), Codeplay (766), DMP (664), Fixstars (667) and HUONE (762) all part of the Khronos Pavilion (663 & 764). Stop in to say Hi and learn about WebGL, OpenCL, OpenGL, OpenGL ES and COLLADA.
The Khronos Group will be holding three of the five SIGGRAPH BOFs today, August 10th. Starting off the show at 10am be sure not to miss the WebGL BOF in the Vancouver Convention Centre - Room 122 (West Building). Meet and greet some of the developers behind WebGL. Moving along to OpenCL in the Pan Pacific Hotel Crystal Ballroom B&C at 1:30PM. Lots of prizes to here for those that really know their OpenCL. Finally, at 4PM, also in the Pan Pacific Hotel Crystal Ballroom B&C, the much anticipated OpenGL. Even more prizes for those OpenGL trivia buffs. We hope to see all of you there today!