Driving the Evolution of the 3D Web

The groundwork for the display of 3D graphics and 3D stereographics using the web has been laid. Now companies like Google (Google Cardboard) and Oculus are releasing products to display interactive, real-time 3D graphics on any of your web-enabled devices. Leonard Daly and Don Brutzman made a presentation at the HTML5 Developer's Conference in San Francisco (20 & 21 Oct 2014) on the power of X3D to facilitate the display and interactivity. The presentation is available online as a PDF file. The presentation shows how to use a few lines of X3D code to create a stereo display for any HTML5 compatible browser on any smart-phone and Google Cardboard. This process involves adding as little as two X3D nodes, a duplication X3D scene and seven lines of JavaScript to capture the phone's motion and change the scene's viewpoint. On going work is to make the display use less resources and display top/bottom views in addition to left/right full-circle views.

Additional material including code and links is availavle in "Driving the Evolution of the 3D Web: Links & Code".