Web3D Consortium showcases new technology and applications at SIGGRAPH 2020
In these unprecedented times, the value and need for Web3D technologies has never been greater. Whether it’s the standards that enable the information to flow and connect us across the globe, or the lifesaving content that can be published and shared, Web3D technologies are at the center of an enterprise informatics revolution.
From our homes to our jobs to our purchased services, to our world, our bodies, our family are all 3D; 3D is ubiquitous. In the 25 years of our graphics innovation and Standards development, the not-for-profit Web3D Consortium and its community of members have built the open, royalty-free platform for the exchange and display of interactive 3D worlds. The VRML standard – and its successor, Extensible 3D (X3D) – enable the interoperability and durability of 3D worlds and assets. These standards enable content from numerous applications and domains to be combined outside of proprietary silos: from CAD to BIM to GIS to Medical and Heritage applications, X3D and VRML models can be mixed and presented across all types of devices from phones to VR headsets to CAVEs and 3D printers.
This year, Web3D Consortium members are highlighting the public release of the new X3D4 standard specification and its myriad benefits. X3D represents a sustainable and strategic path for 3D content and applications, especially those that need assurance beyond one company’s product or lifecycle. Learn about Web3D and X3D
Web3D Consortium members including NIH, Virginia Tech, MBARI, and the Navy will showcase X3D as a key component in their enterprise and informatics infrastructure. In addition, the open-source DIY and Maker movements are increasingly using Web Standards and open graphics platforms to improve our response to the COVID Pandemic. From clinically-reviewed masks, face-shields, and ventilator parts to lab equipment to door openers, the Web3D platform (and Extensible 3D (X3D) specifically) is helping distribute the knowledge and means for better global preparedness and response. While “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”, we can also say that “Chance favors the prepared”.