Futuremark's OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics benchmarking software has been upgraded to support new UI technologies for mobile devices. The enhanced version of 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 adds two new tests focused on new UI scenarios. The software which is based on the "Kanzi" 3D engine, is designed to test next-generation mobile 3D hardware, and is equipped with "high detail game content." The benchmark generates workloads that push the envelope of OpenGL ES 2.0 3D hardware, with a presentation that can be used for product demonstrations, the company adds.
Tech Soup announces its first OpenGL 3 training course, July 20-23, 2009, in Washington DC. The course covers new features in OpenGL 3, porting strategies, the OpenGL Shading Language, and 3D graphics concepts. Students learn the mechanisms behind fast, efficient, current 3D graphics with OpenGL 3 in a hands-on environment featuring several coding labs. Visit the Tech Soup web site to register online.
MeshLab is an open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes. The system is aimed to help the processing of the typical not-so-small unstructured models arising in 3D scanning, providing a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of meshes. Meshlab has supported COLLADA since 2006.
DMP has announced a new two day getting start GLSL Programming training course on June 18th and 19th 2009. The OpenGL ES roadmap has been tailored to the diverse needs of the embedded industry and contains two tracks with "1.X" and "2.X" specification roadmaps that will evolve in parallel. The 1.X roadmap will continue to be developed for new-generation fixed function 3D accelerators while the 2.X roadmap will enable emerging programmable 3D pipelines.This course introduce the world of programmable pipeline by explaining basic topics of the GLSL(OpenGL Shading Language) which is a core feature of OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 2.x.
The Khronos Group and the Media Grid Immersive Education Initiative are thrilled to announce the first-ever COLLADA content development contest. In concert with the Media Grid Immersive Education Initiative, Khronos invites you to champion the application of 3D technology from video games and digital media services towards virtual worlds and Immersive Education. All entries must contain original content made for any 3D web based application that can import models stored in either COLLADA .dae documents or .zae archive formats. Your content will consist of a 3D model, avatar, world or simulation specifically geared toward virtual worlds and deployable in Immersive Education platforms. First prize is five thousand dollars. There are no entry fees, so why not enter today. Complete rules can be found here.
SceneCaster has partnered with mental images, a wholly owned subsidiary of NVIDIA, to bring the latter's RealityServer 3D platform to bear on its virtual scenes. The technology is integrated into 3D Scenes, a Flash-based network for creating social scenes which was just launched on Friendster last week. RealityServer allows COLLADA as a scene format which puts it in line with SceneCaster's production pipeline.
Vivante GPU selected for SoC Solution for 3C placing OpenGL ES and OpenVG in affordable 3C computers
Vivante Corporation announced that the Microprocessor Research and Development Center (MPRC) of Peking University (Beijing, China) selected Vivante 2D/3D GPU IP technology for its Single-Chip-PC SoC Platform, placing the graphics power of OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1, and OpenVG in an affordable, 3C computer for schools. "With the Vivante graphics processor and Khronos open standards APIs, we can provide modern graphics applications to benefit education for both teaching and research." said Professor Cheng Xu, Director of the MPRC, Peking University.
Google released an experimental browser plugin which lets you display rich 3D graphics in Web content. Google hopes this plugin will contribute to the new 3D Web work group managed by the Khronos Group and backed by Mozilla and Google itself. With Google's contribution and participation in this effort to build 3D Web standards it looks like this concept is gaining traction. There has been some confusion over Google releasing this API and whether it is meant to derail the efforts of Khronos and Mozilla. On the contrary, from Google's own blog, "Google plans to contribute technology and web development expertise to the discussion within Khronos and the broader development community."
Cap Digital and Imaginove are sponsoring a one-day event on Monday, May 11th, 2009 in Paris France to help developers test their COLLADA importers and exporters. If you are into COLLADA, come on over and join COLLADA developers and test your tool's interoperability! Along with your peers, you will have a chance to mingle with COLLADA Experts Remi Arnaud from Intel and Mark Barnes from Expert Support co-creators of COLLADA, Luc Bolduc (AutoDesk), Steffen Lips and Sebastian Kieble (Netallied.de), Nicolas Perret (Omegame) and Rita Turkowski (Intel). Registration is required on the plugfest homepage.