WebGL around the net, 13 June 2013

This week in WebGL features compelling visualization, innovative rendering, and kick-ass physics!

  • BBC News is trying out WebGL as a new “3D Interactive” format for stories. Here is a visualization of a Dornier bomber (WWII German aircraft), apparently the last of its kind to be salvaged.
  • OpenStreetMap viewers seem to be all the rage these days. The enigmatic F4 Group recently released a nice one based on WebGL: http://map.f4-group.com/
  • Also based on OSM is  Theo Armour’s latest Jaanga hacksperiment, the oSome Globe. Lots of detail in there!
  • In building an earthquake visualization, Maran Emil decided to take globe rendering into his own hands to save CPU cycles.
  • iChemLabs has added text label support to their HTML5 scientific visualization toolkit ChemDoodle Web Components. Their MolGrabber 3D demo shows off the feature nicely.
  • Pivoting for No Good Reason: London-based Ilmari Heikkinen has created PoemYou!, a gorgeous user interface with hexagonal cylinders, stash boxes, power-ups and all kinds of visual goodies. It’s not actually WebGL, just CSS3 transforms. But really nice. His blog posting on the project contains a rant about 3D and web devs that I’m inclined to agree with: “browser devs aren’t very interested in being 3D engine devs” #duh
  • At the Resonate 2013 art and technology conference, Marcin Ignak gave an outstanding talk, Data Art with WebGL, featuring WebGL visualizations written in the Plask framework. The good stuff kicks in around 6:00 into the video. But – watch it all!
  • Pixels 3D, a new Chrome Experiment, renders 3D shapes with particles. It can use the GPU to accelerate particle rendering with floating point textures (via the OES_texture_float extension).
  • Another Chrome Experiment, Cubeslam, is an addicting Pong-like game that shows off WebGL, Web Audio and WebRTC.
  • AlteredQualia has added another great demo to his prodigious portfolio, this time a really nice ammo.js-based physics simulation featuring WebGL and Web Workers.
  • Leap forward: Jerome Etienne plays around with Leap Motion. I’m sure we’re going to see some fun experiments coming out soon.
  • Finally, if you’re planning to be in New York City in July, you might want to go to the HugeInc Meetup on July 20, Dissecting WebGL.
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