instantreality 1.0

BS Content Studio finally released with X3DOM support

December 17th, 2013

Content Studio is a modelling tool designed around X3D and can directly export X3DOM content. Content Studio by Bitmanagement allows for easy and fast creation of 3D scenes and apps through an intuitive interface. With X3DOM support those scenes can be easily exported and deployed to a wide variety of devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.

Content Studio Screenshot

You can download Content Studio here. Also have a look at the developer videos on the same site (scroll down).

 

New ‘turntable’ navigation mode in X3DOM

December 5th, 2013

The current dev version includes now a new ‘turntable’ navigation mode.

Turntable example

The interface and implementation is not yet finalised but we tried to get this out as soon as possible since a large number of users asked for this navigation mode. Enjoy the example, which includes a compact description of the mode and parameters.

Digital Heritage 2013 Tutorial Slides Online

October 30th, 2013

The slides (part 1 and part 2) from the X3DOM tutorial (given by Johannes and Yvonne) at the Digital Heritage 2013 conference in Marseille, France, are now online.

X3DOM 1.5.1 Released

October 23rd, 2013

This month, X3DOM celebrates its 4th anniversary!
As a little “present”, we are proud to announce a 1.5.1 release of X3DOM. This release mainly contains fixes and corrections since the last 1.5 release. It is a maintenance update and recommended for all 1.5 users.

Most notable are the fixed bind behavior for transformed Viewpoint nodes, Viewfrustum matrix corrections, basic multi-touch support for other navigation types than examine, two new navigation modes, a beta version of DepthMode, BlendMode and ColorMaskMode, better normal map support in CommonSurfaceShader (if the “OES_standard_derivatives” extension is available), and last but not least support for 32-bit indices given that the new “OES_element_index_uint” extension is available. For a detailed list of changes please also refer to the CHANGELOG file.

Grab the frozen 1.5.1 version here. The cutting-edge development version (nightly build of git head) can be found here.

X3DOM + AR Reloaded

October 15th, 2013

Augmented Reality

Three years ago, we did a first experiment with the Flash-based marker tracker FLARToolKit together with WebGL/X3DOM. However, at that time browsers did not yet provide an API to access the camera. Now, with the new WebRTC MediaStream API and a marker tracker implementation in JavaScript via JSARToolKit, we built a new version of that old AR demo, but this time without Flash or any other plugin to access the video stream. Try out the Augmented Reality demo here…

CityServer3D and X3DOM

October 8th, 2013

Another Fraunhofer project uses X3DOM to render a 3D web visualization: CityServer3D. The technology of the CityServer3D consists of a geo-database, a server with numerous interfaces for the import and export of the data and applications for the development of landscape models. This data can also be presented in a web browser using X3DOM to render the visualization. For instance, the city of Darmstadt:CityServer 3D Visualization of Darmstadt

This representation has been rendered using the CityServer3D VIEW Service which provides complete 3D GIS applications based on integrated 2D and 3D data. Moreover, it offers direct access to geodata via a powerful web service interface.

X3DOM/Pop at Pacific Graphics 2013

October 7th, 2013

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X3DOM developer Max Limper will present the pop buffer paper tomorrow at the Pacific Graphics 2013 event in Singapore. The novel technique enables web applications to stream progressive geometry data in x3dom, and the implementation is part of the 1.5 release.

EU Project EarthServer uses X3DOM

September 23rd, 2013
Geological model viewer

Screenshot taken from here, data courtesy of the British Geological Survey, powered by rasdaman

EarthServer is an EU-funded project aimed at establishing open access and ad-hoc analytics on extreme-size Earth Science data. Part of this endeavor is the development of tools for 3D web access to these data endpoints that respect the protocols and languages common in the geospatial data processing domain, specifically various OGC standards. The EarthServer 3D Web Client middleware is built on top of X3DOM and currently under active development.

X3DOM 1.5

September 12th, 2013

We are proud to announce the release of X3DOM 1.5. This most recent installment of our popular Declarative3D polyfill shines with lots of new features and a wagon load full of bugfixes.

With version 1.5, X3DOM also overcomes some limits of the scenegraph structure by using new internal structures for culling and fast rendering, decoupled from the frontend graph inside the DOM, which, however, still remains intact as usual.

New Features

  • Generally improved traversal and rendering performance with a new transformation and volume caching infrastructure
  • Culling techniques for large model rendering (some of them still experimental) – check the video, or see the tutorial
  • Improved experimental binary geometry container and encoding
    • BinaryGeometry with more compact encoding that only uses 7 Bytes per triangle (see example) and works nicely on mobile devices
    • POPGeometry for progressive streaming and LOD – see the paper and project page here, or directly check some examples
  • Experimental BVH Refiner node, for rendering of large, regular data sets with dynamic LOD (see tutorial and example)
  • Shadow support for large scenes and all lights types (see tutorial for more information or click here or here for a demo)
  • Convenience object ‘Moveable’ for object manipulation
  • Additional X3D component plugins (not part of the HTML profile, i.e. not part of the x3dom.js package)

Fixes and Improvements

  • Many internal improvements and bugfixes
  • DOM/Scene update improvements (e.g Route removal implemented)
  • Improved picking functionality to enhance trade-off between precision and number of possible ids
  • Fullscreen convenience method x3dom.toggleFullScreen()
  • RenderedTexture extensions for rendering normal buffer or stereo (currently only for Oculus Rift)

For a detailed list of changes refer to the CHANGELOG file.

Grab the frozen 1.5.0 version here or fly with the cutting-edge development version here.

Connecting X3DOM with InstantIO

September 12th, 2013

Back in June we’ve presented a prototype of a new RESTful interface to exchange graphics based data values across networks at Web3D 2013. This interface can be used to query data from a running application, modify or use it to display something. Said prototype is implemented inside InstantIO, the hardware component of Instant Reality which supports more than 40 devices. For the first time now, you’re able to query hardware information from InstantIO through Javascript from a browser. We’ve set up a tutorial on how to connect a Oculus Rift HMD to an X3DOM application: X3DOM renders a scene as distorted stereo image but connects via REST API to a local InstantIO server, opens a WebSocket connection on the orientation field of the Oculus and uses the incoming data to rotate the view!

You can do this of course with arbitrary hardware (think of the LEAP support or the Kinect), but please bear in mind that this is only a preview at the moment.

You can find the tutorial here. Enjoy!

New Preview of BS Content Studio with X3DOM support

July 23rd, 2013

Bitmanagement software just released a new preview of BS Content Studio. The 3D authoring tool is focused on augmenting 3D geometries, which have been developed with the leading CAD-, GIS-, and Design Software programs, as well as other media content, with the possibility to interact, amendments like light and shadow effects, multi user feature and animation of motion sequences of objects and human beings.

And the best of all: the beta version allows you to directly export your created content to X3DOM scenes!

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InstantReality and X3DOM at SIGGRAPH 2013

July 18th, 2013

Join the dev-team of Instant Reality and X3DOM at the exhibition floor of SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim. We’re located in booth #233 and will show you the latest and greatest in X3D web-technology, fusing desktop and web environments to create streaming applications. We will also bring along new hardware toys which have been added to Instant Reality, as well as a demonstration of the latest progressive mesh compression technique we’re developing right now. See you there!s2013

X3DOM used for scientific geospatial 3D visualization

July 18th, 2013

Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (Moss Landing, CA, USA) are helping us to gain understanding of our oceans by analyzing different kinds of data, taken by robots under the sea. Thanks to X3DOM, measured data can now also be visualized in a 3D Web application – you can give it a try by yourself!

Click here for a brief explanation of the application.

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VRMath 2.0: A Virtual Reality Learning Environment

July 7th, 2013

VRMath 2.0 (VRMath2) is a Virtual Reality learning environment (VRLE) and an online learning community. It employs the powerful ideas of 3D Logo Microworld and Web 2.0 technologies for learning mathematics and was created by Andy Yeh, Australia.
In VRMath2, everyone can DesignCreate and Share their 3D virtual worlds. There are also design challenges you can take up and blog later right here in VRMath2 website.

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WebGL support in IE on Win 8.1

June 28th, 2013

It’s really true. Windows 8.1 / IE 11 supports WebGL out of the box. There are still some issues with x3dom but we are currently working on it. Stay tuned!

Windows 8.1

X3DOM Tutorials from Web3D Online

June 20th, 2013

Both X3DOM tutorials from this morning’s tutorial session at Web3D 2013 are online:

X3D CAD Component Integrated

June 14th, 2013

Thanks to Vincent Marchetti X3DOM now also supports most of the X3D CAD nodes as an optional component.

Web3D – VR here: Oculus Rift

June 14th, 2013

At Web3D 2013 we will present X3DOM scenes using an Oculus Rift HMD with stereo and headtracking, which is supplied by the InstantIO server component via WebSockets. More information on the InstantReality page…

Distorted Stereo Rendering in X3DOM

Web3D 2013

May 20th, 2013

Most of the X3DOM developers will be at this year’s Web3D conference in San Sebastian, Spain, which takes place from June 19th to June 22nd 2013. There, we will have a tutorial on X3DOM (consisting of two parts) as well as some papers. So, if you are around, do not hesitate to talk to us or discuss your issues and feature requests with us. See you in Spain…

Our JavaScript IDE

May 14th, 2013

Developer tools are mostly personal preference and there’s no right or wrong in choosing editors and IDEs. However, we feel there’s one IDE to mention which stands out of the crowd: The WebStorm IDE from JetBrains, creators of IDEA.

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The WebStorm IDE is the JavaScript incarnation of IDEA and the one tool our X3DOM developers are crazy about. It makes writing code so much more fun and productive. Even die hard Vi guys started using it, and that means something. We are very grateful that JetBrains has been so generous to issue a free open source license of their WebStorm IDE to all X3DOM developers. We have been using WebStorm to develop X3DOM for 2 years now and we could not be happier. Thank you very much JetBrains.

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