The Khronos™ Group today announced an initiative to create an open, royalty-free standard for bringing accelerated 3D graphics to the Web. In response to a proposal from Mozilla, Khronos has created an ‘Accelerated 3D on Web’ working group that Mozilla has offered to chair. This royalty-free standard will be developed under the proven Khronos development process with a target of a first public release within 12 months. Any interested company is welcome to join Khronos to make contributions, stand for chair, influence the direction of the specification and gain early access to draft specifications before public release. The working group will consider various approaches including exposing OpenGL and OpenGL ES 2.0 capabilities within ECMAScript. The Khronos Accelerated 3D on Web working group will commence work during April 2009.
AMD announces its latest FireStream 9270. According to TechPowerUp, this latest FireStream 9270 supports OpenCL on Windows and Linux systems. This board features 800 stream cores with a top compute rate of 1.2 TFLOPs (single precision), 240 GFLOPs (double precision), 2GB of GDDR5 SDRAM at 850MHz and a peak memory bandwidth of 108.8 GB/s.
International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) have just launched the call for entries for the 5th International Mobile Gaming Awards competition. The IMGA, launched in 2004 is the leading platform for Innovation in Mobile Entertainment worldwide. Each year mobile gaming studios, individual developers, students and researchers are challenged to come up with the most innovative concepts for tomorrow's mobile games. Deadline for entry is Monday September 22nd 2008 at 6PM Central European time. Don't wait, get your entry in today!
FX Composer 2.5, the latest version of NVIDIA's powerful shader development environment, has been released. FX Composer supports DirectX, OpenGL, HLSL, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, as well as the .fbx, .x, .3ds, .obj, and .dae file formats for importing geometry.
Foliage middleware provider Interactive Data Visualization has announced the release of the latest version of its SpeedTree, adding new features like a forest preview, wind, and advanced lighting. IDV says the early release, which it calls a "near-final beta version" for both PC and next-gen consoles will let users create a tree and see it instantly as part of a forest, to "quickly get a feel for how their trees will look and perform with other trees. The latest version supports COLLADA and OBJ mesh exporting that will capture "SpeedTree's normals, binormals, tangents, and wind weights as well as the standard geometric features (vertices, texture coordinates, etc.)."
Right Hemisphere 5 Deep Server Software Ships to First Customers, exports to COLLADA
Right Hemisphere 5 Deep Server Software provides a unified, automated, and secure enterprise-wide media communication and collaboration environment. Anyone can use to improve the quality and speed of decision making among designers, managers, suppliers and customers. Featuring an abundance of new capabilities for authoring and rendering high quality line art illustrations, including a 2D and 3D symbol library; 2D line styles in 3D viewer, 2D vector and raster illustration outputs; easy thrust line creation with animation; illustration support with thick and thin rendering, color fill and more; a 2D alpha tool for creation, removal and manipulation of alpha channels in texture maps; and added drawing tools to improve technical illustration workflows. Also, new file format support for Microsoft 3D XAML, Google SketchUp, Autodesk FiLMBOX, Collada DAE, Silo 3D and WebCGM.Read More
International Mobile Games Awards (IMGA) have announce the top 25 nominees from 224 game developers in 42 countries. The judging process was completed in Marseille in the Belle de Mai. The results were announced with a shortlist of 25 games in 5 different categories.
Google has updated the 3D Warehouse with a significant new feature. Models in the 3D Warehouse can now be downloaded in the Collada file format (an open standard 3D file format). Collada files are supported by Google Earth. This is particularly significant because this means you now have an even faster way to bring models from the 3D Warehouse into Google Earth. The Collada files are downloaded in a Zip file. After downloading one you can simply drag the model's DAE file from the Zip file straight into Google Earth's Places folders and the model will be loaded on top of your current location. Note that if you are viewing the 3D Warehouse in a language other than English, you may not see the Collada file format option for a given model.
Symbian announced today New Symbian technologies to shape the future of converged mobile devices and service. Symbian Limited, developer and licensor of Symbian OS™, the market-leading operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones known as smartphones, today announced two ground-breaking technologies, ScreenPlay and FreeWay, to power the future of mobile computing. The newly announced technologies offer dramatic enhancements in the vital areas of graphics and connectivity, which are essential in driving the growth and reach of smartphones. "Consumers are expecting more intuitive, more informative and more entertaining graphics experiences on their phones. Symbian is heavily involved with Khronos to help create and promote open standards for mobile graphics and media. By supporting open standard APIs, Symbian has ensured that ScreenPlay will receive strong industry support," said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group.
Jon Peddie Research has posted an online poster of The History of 3D in Computers. From gigantic wonders of the world to handleheld supercomputers--Movies and Games feature better and better graphics, while devices become smaller and smaller. A great time line presentation of the progress of 3D from the 1949 MIT SAGE air defense system to the present Nokia N95, the first mobile device with 3D shader hardware.