The biggest news from around the net is that the Mozilla and Chrome teams have turned WebGL on by default in their latest beta builds. These stories and many more are avilable regularly from Learning WebGL.
You can now specify the mesh and material to use for a given pixel size.
AMD has added OpenGL ES 2.0 support in the 10.8 drivers which will allow hardware accelerated WebGL support. The Catalyst 10.8 product is based on a published Khronos Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process. Current conformance status can be found at www.khronos.org/conformance.
All of the presentation slides from the COLLADA BOF are available online. Including the introduction by Rita Turkowski you can view Extensions Mechanism by Remi Arnaud, Molly3D, Rightwares and Kanzi Presentations, COLLADA Web Viewer from Brandon Pearse and Ryan Lepinski of Oregon State and Uli Klumpp’s presentation on Publishing 3D Characters using Poser Pro and Photoshop CS5.
Thanks to the flexibility of COLLADA being an XML based language, the COLLADA Working Group continues to grow with new members from many diverse disciplines that employ 3D technologies. Many of our members turn to Khronos standards such as COLLADA, OpenGL ES and WebGL to support 3D content that can take advantage of web protocols and the forthcoming HTML5 suite of standards. The synergy between the industry’s 3D applications and Khronos standards motivates best-in-class COLLADA coherent products; products that soon will have the potential to operate within native 3D enabled browsers. This summer at Siggraph, we welcome you to join us at the COLLADA Birds of a Feather session on Tuesday, July 27 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 402A, to hear from some of these members on how they employ COLLADA. You’ll also learn more about our current working group efforts and our plans for the future. We hope you will join us!
While sitting on the “apps everwhere” panel at MobileBeat, Neil Trevett, vice president of mobile content development at Nvidia and president of the Khronos Group coined “Mobile is the web, the web is mobile” when announcing that PCs will soon seem very archaic. Mobile computing is the future.“Apps Everywhere” panel at MobileBeat.
Katalabs now has a demo of their WebGL 3D Gallery online. A video demonstrates the possibilities of their software, and the online demo lets you create your own gallery.
One of Mozilla’s Principal Engineers, Vladimir Vukicevic originally wrote the Canvas3D extension, which was a precursor to the WebGL work. Fairly wide support for the HTML5 Canvas element by modern browsers, along with increasing support for OpenGL ES by various hardware drivers, lead us to conclude that the time was right for a 3D drawing context within the HTML5 Canvas element.
The GWT Quake II port project uses WebGL, the Canvas API, HTML 5
According to Google, the goal of ANGLE is to layer WebGL’s subset of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API over DirectX 9.0c API calls. “We’re open-sourcing ANGLE under the BSD license as an early work-in-progress, but when complete, it will enable browsers like Google Chrome to run WebGL content on Windows computers without having to rely on OpenGL drivers.” Since ANGLE aims to implement most of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API, the project may also be useful for developers who are working on applications for mobile and embedded devices. CNET has done an excellent write-up on Angle.
The Khronos Group is preparing for the Game Developers Conference 2010. On the Official Khronos GDC Event page, a few of the sessions and speakers have been listed, as well as information regarding the Khronos Group’s booth. Session this year will cover OpenCL, OpenGL, OpenGL ES, WebGL and COLLADA. This year there will be two additional sessions, “The Best of Both Worlds: Using UIKit with OpenGL” by Noel Llopis from Snappy Touch, and “An Overview to Creating Games with Palm’s Plug-in Development Kit” by Jeff Bush, Director webOS, Graphics & Gaming at Palm.
COLLADA model loading, Picking, Lighting System, Camera system, Particle system and Effects System.