At the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event at MWC in Barcelona, Epic Games announced that Unreal Engine 4 supports the Vulkan API and Samsung mentions Vulkan (video). Samsung showed the ProtoStar real-time 3D experience built with Unreal Engine 4 technology utilizing the Vulkan API, running on the new Samsung Galaxy S7. “Anytime we can converge on an idea, particularly an idea like Vulkan, which is made by the industry, is asked for by the industry, everybody gets stronger.” Wyeth Johnson, Lead Technical Artist, Epic Games. Get Unreal, the first engine to support Vulkan.
Toon Boom Animation Inc. announced the release of Storyboard Pro 5. This new release streamlines the pre-production and storyboarding process with new creative tools for artists, adds improvements to the 3D workflow, and provides better integration with editorial. Storyboard Pro 5 has also been improved in order to enable pre-production pipelines for CG, live action and games cinematics. Some of the new features include better integration between 2D and 3D with the ability to snap 3D models to surfaces, create layers on models, import COLLADA and Alembic files and work with a more responsive 3D camera.
glTF is now supported in Assimp, BabylonJS and xeoEngine. You can also find some great new models contributed by @mlimper_cg and @OkinoComputer. And of course, December 25th wouldn't be complete without NORAD and the Cesium Santa tracker. NVIDIA also has a great write-up on how GPUs help NORAD Track Santa as he navigates the globe.
AMD has announce it will start rolling out in January an open source set of tools called GPUOpen. The "All Open" stack will contain open source modules for two parallel stacks, each containing modules for OpenGL graphics, motion video codecs, and OpenCL GPU computation. The "Professional/Gamer" stack will include the open source motion-video module and a closed source OpenGL module. Its final OpenCL module will support both OpenCL and Vulkan. Linux will gain access to a full open source, high-performance driver stack, with the only constraint being that developers must use Vulkan instead of the older OpenGL.
If you're a Star Wars fan and have a computer and a smart phone, give this Chrome Experiment a try. From Engadget, "Lightsaber Escape is a Chrome Experiment that Google made in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Star Wars visual-effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. It uses WebGL for the 3D graphics, plus WebRTC and WebSocket for the real-time communication between your phone and desktop."
The DesignWare® EV Family of vision processors consists of fully programmable and configurable IP cores that have been optimized for embedded vision applications, combining the flexibility of software solutions with the low cost and low power consumption of dedicated hardware. To speed application software development, the EV Processor Family is supported by a comprehensive software programming environment based on existing and emerging embedded vision standards including OpenCV and OpenVX, as well as Synopsys’ ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit.
Unity has announced the first step in the end-of-life process of the Web Player. With Unity 5.4, the only option to generate web content will be with WebGL export, which is currently in preview. Learn more about WebGL support in the Unity documentation.
Facebook’s new SDK for Unity v7.1 provides the opportunity for Unity developers to better integrate their games with Facebook. The new update includes full support for Unity 5, support for the new WebGL build target and Facebook’s latest native mobile SDKs with new tools and features. The Facebook SDK for Unity complements Unity’s cross-platform support, providing a pure-Unity write-once, run-everywhere experience across the gaming platforms of WebGL, Unity Web Player, Android and iOS.
The Brenwill Workshop Ltd. announced that they have added support for OS X to their MetalGL product, an implementation of OpenGL ES that runs on Apple's Metal graphics framework. With a fast implementation of OpenGL ES on OS X, developers will find it easier to migrate OpenGL ES games and apps from iOS to OS X, and web browsers can leverage MetalGL to improve the performance of WebGL on OS X.
OpenCL based ASL was successfully utilized in the cognitive and diagnostics module of the medical robot developed within the framework of the ACTIVE project. Simulation of the brain shift process during a craniotomy procedure was implemented to facilitate robot-assisted awake neurosurgery.