WebGL around the net, 6 February 2014

WebGL is cranking in first weeks of 2014! Trillions of Legos, great presentations and face-melting demos.

  1. The videos from the main presentations and panel QA are up on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOU2XLYxmsIKp2fK2_JnYd08i3HEsL3nF
  2. One of the outstanding showcases was glTF architect Fabrice Robinet’s lighting-talk demo of styling WebGL content using CSS. Great content (delivered in glTF of course), and likely an idea whose time has come!
  3. Also of note from the same Meetup was another lighting talk by Eric Levin: a Visual/Contemplation or “Sunset Jam” of Burial’s Come Down to Us. It’s quite beautiful. http://ericrius1.github.io/ComeDownToUs/
  • Borja Morales has shared a WebGL work he contributed to some weeks ago, thisway.js, an HTML5 remake of stravaganza’s piece, “this way.” It’s based on a 1990s demo, and as such the effects have an old school look to them. But it’s a nice collection of WebGL powered visuals with audio as you would expect. All done with the help of Three.js.
  • Here is a presentation about the Kinect Fusion - done in WebGL!
  • Finland-based Jaakko Rinta-Filppula built this simple fireworks show using WebGL and Web Audio. Nice!
  • Sashko Stubailo has created Meteor Blocks, a collaborative 3D scene editor (blocks-based) using the Meteor framework and X3DOM.
  • Ever want to look like Walter WhiteGeorge Clooney? Justin Beiber?! Now you can, with this face substitution demo built using WebGL and the javascript library clmtrackr.
  • Patrick Cozzi’s students Sijie Tian and Yuqin Shao have written a nice article on deferred shading for the Mozilla Hacks blog. This introduces and shows the performance benefits of WEBGL_draw_buffers (multiple render targets). The demo also includes lots of debug views for learning about deferred shading.
  • Also quite informative: if you’re looking to compare and contrast scene graph libraries, check out this IBM Developer Works article on “taming” WebGL with ThreeJS and SceneJS http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-webgl2/index.html
  • Attention Londoners! There will be another FREE London WebGL Workshop on Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:300PM. The group will be taking a look at some of Three.js’s features, and maybe a look at some alternatives.
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