Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Have fun browsing in 3D

Not long ago I shared some info about WebGL and how specifically Chromium and Google Chrome were going to implement it so that we could start to enjoy some cool web 3D rendering. Firefox and Safari are also starting to support WebGL, but the good news is that the newer Google Chrome and Chromium versions have this support enabled by default, no need to start the application with any specific flag.

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CHROME EXPERIMENTS is a very nice source to get a feel of groundbreaking web technology as it is continuously evolving. HTML5 stuff, CSS3 demos, some Javascript tests and of course, WebGL experiments are some of the things you may find in this site. One of the most mature and perhaps useful (I can see this take over the current Google images interface any time) experiments is the Picture Wall. I recorded a short video (with an excerpt from one of my songs as soundtrack!) to show how the whole thing works, it's pretty impressive!

Most of you probably heard about the Google Body Browser already. In case you haven't I recommend giving it a go, it's a lot of fun (and quite educational)!

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As you may see in some of these screenshots, the machine I ran these experiments on is on anything but powerful 3D rendering hardware. Having said so, some of these experiments can truly put your hardware to the test as they start to add more and more objects to render. The Field experiment below is a good example of that.

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Probably the most famous experiment, certainly the one that Google has used the most in their presentations, is The Fish Tank. You can modify how many fishes are to be rendered, change the camera view, etc.

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If you have not already, I recommend you take a quick tour through the Chrome Experiments website and enjoy some of those examples. I am sure you will find something that will make you smile in awe.

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