We're excited to announce the kick off of our Pokki 1UP $50k HTML5 game development challenge. The first place game developer will take home $30k and win a trip to the Game Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco where we will feature their game! We've pulled together a top notch panel of game developer leaders to judge submissions which must be submitted by February 20th, 2012 at 11:59pm (PST). What's also cool is that we just launched support for WebGL, WebSockets, and the Web Audio API. We're really excited about cutting edge HTML5 technologies like canvas, CSS3, WebGL and Web Audio. There's already been some impressive demos with these technologies and we're looking forward to seeing what the Pokki game developers come up with.
HT4U staff have benchmarked 55 GPUs using three tests with three applications compatible with OpenCL. Especially interesting are the results with the 3D rendering application LuxRender. The article is written in Portuguese, but the results are easy to understand for all.
VSR WebGL Export is a Rhinoceros 3D plug-in providing user with an easy to use tool which allows data models to be viewed on any other hardware. All that is needed on the target device is a state-of-the-art Web browser. “We are proud to have enhanced our VSR product suite in highly relevant areas,” says Michael Wieczorek, one of the executive directors of VSR. “The product launch of ‘VSR WebGL Export’ very nicely demonstrates our agility and technological competence to quickly translate customers’ wishes into available products.”
The Khronos Group announced a new initiative to create an open, royalty-free standard for cross platform acceleration of computer vision applications. In response to requests and proposals from members, Khronos has created a vision working group to develop a hardware acceleration API using the proven Khronos development process and aiming for a first public release within 12 months. Any interested company is welcome to join Khronos to make contributions, influence the direction of the specification and gain early access to draft specifications before public release. The vision working group will commence work during January 2012.
Dave Shreiner was recently selected to be the conference chair of the 41st annual SIGGRAPH conference in 2014. "Having attended the conference annually for more than half of my life, and actively presented at it over the last decade, being selected to chair the conference is a great personal honor, huge responsibility, and an immense opportunity" wrote Dave Shreiner. Dave Shreiner is currently Director of Graphics Technology - Media Processing Division at ARM.
ChuClone is a 2.5D HTML5 game that uses 2D physics (Box2D), but is drawn in 3D (Three.js). It contains a Box2D WorldEditor that can create/destroy/clone/drag/scale objects the world. The editor supports panning, and zooming, levels are saved via HTML5 localstorage. You can fork the game at github.
My Robot Nation from Kodama Studios brings printable 3-D robots just in time for the holidays. The service emerged from Beta on November 30th with a promise of nine billion different robot design combinations, which users can create by themselves at home using a web browser with WebGL 3D graphics. “WebGL allows us to create and manipulate 3D objects right in your browser in real-time–something that was previously only possible in PC applications or consoles games,” said Mark Danks, the co-founder of My Robot Nation, previously a game designer at Sony.
Google announces ANGLE engine passes the rigorous OpenGL ES 2.0 test suite and has been certified as a compliant GL ES 2.0 implementation. Thanks to continued work from Transgaming, in collaboration with Google engineers and other contributors, ANGLE now allows OpenGL ES to be run on Windows without the need for OpenGL drivers. Firefox is already using ANGLE to render WebGL content on Windows. ANGLE is an open-source standalone library. "We hope WebGL developers and implementors will continue to join us in making ANGLE, and the open web platform, successful." said Vangelis Kokkevis, Software Engineer at Google.
Stopp has recently created a WebGL interactive for the new Adidas f50 football shoe. Although simple in its use, it's nice to see some of the bigger players embracing this new technology.