March 25, 2011 2 Comments
Well it only took 15 years of bad techie politics and egos to get us to a place where 3D rt media plays natively in a popular browser. Firefox 4.0 with webgl support active has shipped and as of last night demos of “slow” but working web3d content can now be seen as easy as a jpeg or gif or html file. Now the game is to get exporters for the most popular 3d apps like Max and Maya, and Im sure thats only a few weeks away. Blender has a web3d exporter for download offered today, and I need to go find the old “o3d” files I had made when Google was the buzz around its O3D initiative before it tossed its support toward the Mozilla/ Kronos/ WebGL players.
It’s all so tiring and late by a decade, but it’s good to finally start the interface media change over on the web. Since it’s already beginning to excite those on mobile devices. The shame is that it’ll be the mobile devices that make 3d interfaces mainstream, and that the same people who fought over tech issues for 15 years may be involved again in holding back creators visions of user experiences, for their own coder religious ego based biases.
The next steps. already announced by companies like Unity3d are to make “actual” real-time 3d content authoring tools ( for sale-not sas) and allow them to compete via price and capabilities in a free market that serves designers and their clients. A system that allows a full ecosystem for RT3D media to flourish.
Let’s hope that dosen’t take another 15 years.