3-D Web is on the way

3-D Web is on the way

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

JULY 17'A free software developer's kit from the Web3D Consortium of San Ramon, Calif., will go out this month to members and to visitors at the Siggraph trade show in New Orleans. The Summer2000 SDK CD-ROM contains open-source and community-source X3D software tools, a conformance suite and 3-D content developed by members of the consortium, formerly called the Virtual Reality Modeling Language Consortium.

Source code, various tools and viewers are downloadable from sdk.web3d.org/source/index.html. The consortium's Web site is at www.web3d.org.

Among the consortium members is the Army Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command in Orlando, Fla.

STRICOM, whose Web site is at www.stricom.army.mil, last week hosted the presentation of a Virtual Viewpoint System for PCs that can embed real-world actions inside computer graphics. It captures videos from multiple cameras and merges them into three dimensions, recreating different viewpoints in real time. Virtual Viewpoint was developed by Zaxel Systems Inc. of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

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