Benjamin Nortier from 1011ltd.com is now in possession of a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer. After surveying the 3D modelling software, disappointment settled in, and Benjamin has decided to build a WebGL 3D modelling tool. The tool must be accessible--Open Source, Powerful--using boundary representation (BRep), and Modern--internet-ready with a solid RESTful API. Complete with a sneak peak, and proof of concept, this project is worth following.
The Khronos Group has registered the mimetype "model/vnd.collada+xml" with IANA for the COLLADA extension .dae. Mark Barnes, COLLADA Work Group Chair said "the important thing about having a MIME type for COLLADA is that it enables applications and operating systems to recognize ".dae" documents and provide a much richer and secure experience to users, especially for Web applications and browsers."
CMSoft Stereoscopic Picture Editor and Converter is a tool designed to view 3D photographs using OpenGL to render the stereo pair in an animated form called "wiggle stereo", with zoom and crop capabilities. Advanced users can also create their own custom filters in C language using OpenCL technology.
AMD announced wide-ranging support of OpenGL 4.1 for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux across select ATI FirePro", ATI FireGL" and AMD Radeon" graphics cards. The new functionality is made possible with the release of the latest professional and consumer graphics drivers, ATI FirePro" and ATI FireGL" unified driver 8.801, and AMD Catalyst" 10.12, available on the AMD website.
MATLAB announces the first release of OpenCL Toolbox. It is a simple interface that encapsulates clBuffer and clKernel as MATLAB class objects. It allows one to easily create device buffers, set device memory, compile and call kernel functions. MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran.
Google has taken the first step in getting wide spread public acceptance of WebGL by shipping their Chrome browser with WebGL turned on by default. To show you some of the possibilities of WebGL, Google labs also launched a Google Earth for the human body, dubbed Body Browser. There are other WebGL demos available from Google and on the official WebGL website.
The latest version of Google's mobile OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread has arrived on the scene with a few significant additions. Android is one of the first mobile devices to offer a software implementation of the Khronos Groups OpenSL ES™ API and EGL library. OpenSL ES is a royalty-free, cross-platform, hardware-accelerated audio API tuned for embedded systems and EGL™ is an interface between Khronos rendering APIs and the underlying native platform window system.
drawElements Ltd. launches the drawElements Quality Program for OpenGL ES 2.0, a unique system for benchmarking the quality of GPUs and their drivers, on the 16th of December at SIGGRAPH Asia in Seoul. The drawElements Quality Program (dEQP) score measures correctness, feature richness, precision, and stability, which is a clear difference from other GPU benchmarks focusing on rendering performance.
VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) allows Linux systems to offload portions of video decode to the GPU. The resulting video can be post-processed with OpenGL, CUDA, or both. Watch Stephen Warren from NVIDIA explain VDPAU and demonstrate OpenGL texturing of hardware-decoded video frames. Slides (PDF) are also available.
Researchers from the University of Warwick’s Performance Computing and Visualization Department and Oxford University’s eResearch Centre have put together a study: should we install a GPGPU-based system or a more traditional IMB Blue Gene-like supercomputer? The team’s research will present their work at the 1st International Workshop on Performance Modeling, Benchmarking and Simulation of High Performance Computing Systems at the SC10 conference in New Orleans. The Khronos Group will be at Booth # 1132 at SC10.