WebGL around the net, 2 May 2013

Large-scale worlds, both real and virtual, top the week’s headlines.

  • NEW! Vlad Vukicevic ‏(@vvuk) just tweeted that the GDC Unreal JavaScript/WebGL demo went live!
  • ViziCities brings real-world cities to life using Big Data and WebGL. Check out the Slideshare about the project at  http://www.slideshare.net/robhawkes/bringing-cities-to-life-using-big-data-webgl and sign up for the beta list.
  • Virtual worlds are back? The folks from Cloud Party are creating a HTML5 and WebGL-based large-scale world with in-browser building tools. (The official press release is here.) The company is backed by SecondLife alum and co-founder Cory Ondrejka. Maybe this time, the idea will take off… maybe.
  • Leave it to the Scandinavians to combine the best of graphics and dance music! Simo Santavirta just released version 2 of APEXvj, a mind-numbing WebGL music visualiser. http://www.apexvj.com/kaksi/player?s=89129737
  • I stumbled over this awesome slide deck posted by effects hacker extraordinaire Felix Woitzel… “all standalone sketches, mostly boilerplate for the shader pipeline.”
  • This is not WebGL, but it may be of general interest for game developers: path finding in JavaScript. http://www.chromeexperiments.com/detail/pathfindingjs/
  • Theo Armour is at it again, visualizing anything stored in bits. This time it’s an update to FGx Globe, an app that visualizes FlightGear users’ online flight simulator status around the globe.
  • Yane Frenski just released ThreeGraphs, an experimental charting package that uses Three.js. ThreeGraphics is easy to use and features really nice graphics.
  • John Robinson’s HTML programming blog features a nifty vertex shader-based WebGL Sand Toy.
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One Response to “WebGL around the net, 2 May 2013”

  1. Xavier says:

    Woo what a troll :)
    SecondLife did take off somewhere between 2008 and 2009. And it’s still a profitable company!
    But CloudParty does the same plugged in Facebook and a more attractive technology, it should take off a bit i guess.

    The future is 3d ANd social !

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