With the release of Firefox 51, WebGL 2.0 support has landed! WebGL is a standard API to render 3D graphics in the Web. To date, we have been able to use WebGL 1.0 (based on OpenGL ES 2) to render fancy graphics into a <canvas> element. WebGL 2.0, however, is based on the OpenGL ES 3.0 specification, which introduces new features – many of them aimed at increasing performance and visual fidelity.
Have you ever needed/wanted to re-use existing C/C++ code in a web page? Perhaps a graphics effect written in OpenGL ES? With Unity WebGL there is a way! A Unity blog post on how to implement a low level plugin.
As you make your plans for GDC, plan to visit Khronos! Find Khronos at Booth #2419 at the GDC expo March 1-3 2017. If you use Vulkan, glTF or WebGL, then don't miss our Developer Day Sessions on Feb 28 at GDC! Also be sure to check out our table at VRDC where we look forward to talking with you about the Khronos VR Initiative.
Khronos Milano Chapter is thrilled to announce that for the January 25th event, Marco Trivellato, lead engineer at Unity Technologies, and contributor in the WebGL Working Group, will fly from London to present Unity WebGL. Space will be limited for this event so please take a moment to reserve your spot today.
Web3D 2017 will be held in Brisbane Australia June 5-7 at Queensland University of Technology. The Call for submissions is now open with a dead line set for February 13th. With WebGL now widely supported by default in modern browsers, tools such as X3D, X3DOM, Cobweb, three.js, glTF, and A-Frame VR are allowing nearly anyone to create Web3D content. Submissions being accepted now for Papers, Posters, Workshops, Tutorials and the Art Gallery.
The Khronos London Chapter has launched their official WebGL Workshop website. The site has a great and growing collection of tutorials and examples. If you are interested in learning WebGL and are in the London UK area, be sure to join the Meetup group and check out their website.
With Unity 5 it is possible to port your games for the Web without the Unity Web Player. There are a few things you need to know before making your game work with WebGL. This post on Gamasutra will try to steer you in the right direction.
Basemark, the developer of industry-standard benchmarks for performance and power consumption analysis, today launches Basemark Web 3.0 browser benchmarking tool. With the new tool, Basemark extends support from mobile devices and VR to all connected devices that run a modern web browser, such as laptops and desktop PCs.
It seems though the story of Experience Curiosity, a WebGL/Blend4Web-powered simulator developed by NASA, is not quite over. This interactive web application featuring the famous Mars rover won the highly prestigious Webby Award (aka Internet Oscar) granted to the most exemplary online projects of the year.