A new interactive Web documentary from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lets users see online video in a whole new way. Touted as one of the world's first interactive documentaries to utilize WebGL technology to generate realistic, interactive videogame-like graphics, and also incorporate Mozilla's new Popcorn.js interactive web video technology. Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, said it is "a prime example of the work we are doing together to empower makers and build tools that anyone can use to make awesome things happen-on the Web and in the world. It's a testament to how we are building a better Web together."
With the launch of My Robot Nation almost anyone can now go online and create the droid of their dreams. My Robot Nation is from Kodama Studios, a Silicon Valley startup founded by two longtime video game industry veterans. The service offers a chance to craft your own robot design and have it quickly 3D printed and delivered to your door. The service uses WebGL, and since WebGL is integrated with the latest HTML technology, we can provide you with a seamless creation experience, meaning that the robot you see on your screen is just like the one you will receive in the mail. If you want to learn more about how My Robot Nation uses WebGL, they will be the guest speaker at the San Francisco WebGL MeetUp this Thursday October 27th. Learn more about My Robot Nation and let us know what you think.
Google's recently announced Android 4.0 platform, and related Ice Cream Sandwich SDK, include many new media capabilities. One very nice addition is the introduction for low-level streaming multimedia. To support this low-level streaming, the platform introduces a new native API based on the Khronos OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 API. This API is implemented on the same underlying services as the platform’s existing OpenSL ES API, so developers can make use of both APIs together if needed. Tools support for low-level streaming multimedia will be available in an upcoming release of the Android NDK. Learn more about OpenMAX AL on the Khronos Group website.
AMD announced that MotionDSP has optimized the industry-leading Ikena ISR real-time video reconstruction software for OpenCL and AMD technology. Ikena ISR is a ground-breaking tool for real-time video processing and image enhancement, significantly improving video from Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors to help intelligence and defense analysts make accurate, immediate decisions in dynamic situations.
Sony Vegas Pro 11 Collection fuses 3D, HD and 3D editing tools with Blu-ray authoring software and improved rendering through OpenCL support. Version 11's GPU-accelerated video processing, through supported OpenCL cards from AMD and NVIDIA, should also give editors smoother previews and faster renders of composites and scenes heavy with video effects, transitions, pans, crops and tracking motion. Full specs on how the software's core video processing engine will take advantage of the OpenCL improvements are available online.
The Blender development team has released Blender version 2.60. Blender 2.60 incorporates 3D audio as well as restoration of sequence editor proxy support, vertex group modifiers, animation system improvements in the graph and dopesheet editor, improved Collada integration, added callbacks in the Python API, new add-ons, and better localisation and internationalisation support.
What would a bookcase look like if it was designed to hold digital books? Googles bookcase experiment lets you browse over 10,000 titles using WebGL and the Google Books API. View this WebGL experiment and many more.
Hot on the heals of Android 4.0, Google released Ice Cream SDK. Bringing a slew of changes and improvements, including TextureView object. Developers can directly integrate OpenGL ES textures as rendering targets in a UI hierarchy, making it easy to embed camera preview, decoded video and OpenGL game scenes.TextureView can be viewed as a more powerful version of the existing SurfaceView object, since it offers the same benefits of access to a GL rendering surface, with the added advantage of having that surface participate fully in the normal view hierarchy. The camera also sees some improvements with the addition of high-performance transformation filters allowing developers to apply rich effects to any image passed as an OpenGL ES 2.0 texture.
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.
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