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Google O3D: Web Based 3D

By May 6, 2009 4 Comments

New out of Google Labs is O3D – an open-source web API for creating rich, interactive 3D applications in the browser. The API is in it early stages aimed at being part of a conversation with the broader developer community about establishing an open web standard for 3D graphics.

The video below provides some insights:

Having Google do ‘Web 3D’ is intriguing, we have been down the embedded path before with VRML, Metacreations, X3D etc all sadly well before their time. Perhaps Google is well placed to push Web 3D, that said we got excited about the Google multiuser world as well and that was pulled.

See http://code.google.com/apis/o3d/ for full details.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.