The Khronos Group was an Augmented Reality forum Platinum sponsor at the 2012 Mobile World Congress this year. Presenting at the forum were ARM, Freescale, Imagination Technologies and ST Ericsson, with Christine Perey as the panel moderator. The slide presentations from those presentations are now available online.
Rightware announced that it will release Android 3D Homescreen Template to radically shorten the development time of 3D user interfaces on Android devices. Rightware's ready-made 3D homescreen design template enables the industry's fastest creation, interaction testing and deployment of photorealistic - and even stereoscopic - 3D homescreens on Android devices. Rightware's Android 3D Homescreen Template is powered by Kanzi UI Solution which has been optimized for the latest CPUs and GPUs to ensure optimal performance. The 3D Homescreen Template is provided with native OpenGL ES support and is capable of powering stereoscopic 3D user interface elements and homescreen entities with extreme swiftness.
Version 0.9.11 of the free open-source, cross-platform 3D application framework PixelLight has been released. We're using OpenGL as well as GLSL within our main-renderer and OpenGL ES 2.0 for Android. Highlight of this release is the new Qt based viewer. This tool makes it possible to inspect complete scenes via the GUI and offers basic edit features for visual debugging. On the renderer side, we've added "Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing" (FXAA) and support for volume texture compression (VTC).
Learning OpenGL ES is contains a series of tutorials and lessons for Android, focusing on OpenGL ES 2.0. The site has lots of resources, and looks like a promising place to help developers get off to a good start with OpenGL ES and Android.
GLSL Studio lets you experiment with examples and learn as you go. With camera texture streaming you can create your own animated video filters and view the results instantly. Anything you point the camera at is run through your current program. Programming + Imagination = Fun! GLSL Studio is a full OpenGL programming environment supporting both vertex and fragment shaders. Programs can be easily exported for use on any platform that supports OpenGL ES 2.0.
The Khronos Group's growth continues to be significant and demonstrates the huge opportunity we share as members of this highly specialized industry. Throughout 2012, Khronos is hosting a series of media events, educational sessions and F2F meetings for consortium members and prospective clients. The Khronos Pan Pacific Road Show 2012 is devoted to our members and colleagues in the Pan Pacific region with a focus on education and training. Complete details on all the upcoming events can be found on the Khronos Group event page. The first events will be held in Taiwan starting February 13 2012.
In November, Sony Ericsson became the first phone manufacturer in the world to support WebGL in the native Android web browser on Xperia™ phones. Sone Ericsson has now releases their WebGL implementation for the upcoming Xperia™ phones running Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above as open source.
Mobile World Congress 2012 which is being held in Barcelona will have an Augmented Reality Forum on Monday 27th February. The Khronos Group is proud to announce that they will be the Platinum sponsor for this forum.
Intel introduced at CES the world's first smartphone based on the company's Atom Z2460 platform formerly code-named Medfield. The new Lenovo K800 handset will be available in Q2 2012 in China and will be the first smartphone ever to use an x86 microprocessor. Intel Medfield is powered by Atom architecture 1.60GHz x86 core with Hyper-Threading technology, enhanced Intel Deeper Sleep, C6E estate, S0i1/S0i3 power reduction features and 512KB of cache. The SoC also includes Intel GMA graphics core with OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG 1.1 with hardware accelerated high-definition 1080p video playback, 32-bit LPDDR2 memory controller and Intel's new image signal processor.
Rightware announced the release of Power Board, an online benchmarking database service, and Basemark™ ES 2.0 Taiji Free, a consumer-version of the industry’s standard graphics benchmarking product. Basemark™ ES 2.0 Taiji Free for Android-based smartphones, tablets and other embedded devices can be downloaded from Google’s Android Market and from Rightware’s website.