ACM Siggraph 2008
This year had to be the strongest presence of web3d so far at the show. The Web3d Consortium had a great looking booth of X3D technology from members Octaga, Bitmanagement, Yumetech, and the Fraunhofer Institute. Flyers of Vivaty's content contest went fast along with X3D SDKs. Always packed the days I was there, it showcased web3d that included: InstantMini- a X3D browser for the IPhone (super cool), X3D Earth - a virtual mirror of the real world (videos), medical visualization- Dr. Aratow took me for a tour inside his scanned 3D torso/head/brain, and other applications in both virtual and augmented realities. More than I said, "Here is where the real Metaverse is starting." Below is a video from Pixel Networks interviewing Web3D Consortium President Alan Hudson at the event.
The Wednesday afternoon Web3d Tech Talk was standing room only the entire time with presentations that spanned from social networking, GIS simulation, creation tools, and more (stay tuned for video/podcast). Examples of virtual heritage and 3D body scans in X3D could be found in other parts of the trade show floor.
I recommend anyone check out SIGGRAPH. A fun event full of information. I got to say hello to old friends, make new ones, and learn lots.
Enjoy a video I made (amateur producer, be forgiving) to share with you some of this cool event.