SketchUp 2014 has been released along with a new version of SketchUp and a completely revamped 3D Warehouse. There are quite a few enhancements to the main SketchUp product, including tweaks to the core SketchUp modeler and an updated API. For the 3D Warehouse, one of the best new features is a way to easily embed visuals of your 3D models via their new WebGL Viewer. As an example, the following embedded model should be fully 3D for most of you.
Erik Noreke, Khronos Group VP of Business Development and Work Group Chair of both OpenSL ES and OpenMAX AL, will be talking at the upcoming Wearable and Flexible Technologies World (WFTW) 2014 conference in Shanghai China. WFTW 2014 is the second annual Global Augmented Reality Summit and focuses on wearable technologies, including flexible electronics and augmented reality technologies.
Wind River announced that it has reinvented the real-time operating system (RTOS) to address the new market opportunities created by the Internet of Things. For customers whose products demand advanced graphics, VxWorks 7 delivers a graphics-ready platform that features a new highly efficient OpenVG-based stack, hardware-assisted graphics drivers, and the Tilcon graphics designer tool. Learn more about VxWorks 7.
The schedules for the COLLADA, glTF and WebCL meetups are now online. COLLADA has a great line up of speakers including the COLLADA work group chair Fabrice Robinet, Tony Parisi from Vizi and co-creator of the COLLADA technology, Remi Arnaud.
Imagination Technologies wowed visitors to Mobile World Congress today with the first public demonstration of 3DMark's Cloud Gate benchmark test running on mobile hardware. 3DMark Cloud Gate is a new OpenGL ES 3.0 benchmark for mobile platforms from Futuremark, a leading provider of high-performance benchmarking software.
Qualcomm has added the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets to the Snapdragon 600 tier for high-end mobile computing devices. Both new chipsets integrate Qualcomm Technologies’ 3rd Generation LTE modem, supporting Category 4 data rates for new requirements such as LTE-Broadcast and LTE Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA). The chipsets also feature Qualcomm Technologies’ Adreno 405 GPU which support the latest mobile graphics APIs like DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL ES 3.0 with added support of hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellationfor more detailed, realistic mobile games and visually stunning user interfaces. The Adreno 405 also supports Full Profile OpenCL for superior GPGPU compute, video and image processing.
In the OpenGL ES 3.0 Programming Guide, Second Edition, the authors cover the entire API and Shading Language. They carefully introduce OpenGL ES 3.0 features such as shadow mapping, instancing, multiple render targets, uniform buffer objects, texture compression, program binaries, and transform feedback.
The free OpenGL ES CapsViewer app is now available for Android. This tools reads out all hardware capabilities of Android devices and can upload them to an online database that developers can access to check out OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 capabilities for the various devices out on the market. The database contains OpenGL ES information including extensions, compressed texture formats, capabilities, EGL extensions, device features and available hardware sensors. You can compare up to 8 different devices at once, so developers can easily check out what features are supported by their targeted devices.
Latest Texture Compression Tool from ARM adds to the existing ASTC support by now including the ability to compress 3D textures.
The newly-released Kishonti GFXBench 3.0 is comprised of nearly all new tests, including battery, render quality, and the first serious OpenGL ES 3.0 performance metric. Newly introduced is the demanding Manhattan test, utilizing OpenGL ES 3.0-specific complex lighting, particles, and, most important, deferred shading. Tom's Hardware has a complete rundown of GFXBench and the GFXBench website contains lots of results for various mobile devices.