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Building our 3D web with OurBricks

For years I have been wanting to see 3D on the web become ubiquitous and with Katalabs' OurBricks, I am closer than ever to seeing that dream come true.

Leveraging the power of WebGL and its supported browsers, OurBricks allows users to examine a full 3D version of any model uploaded to the site with no need for any plug-in. Visitors to the site can download content, embed it in any webpage as easy as embedding a Youtube video, or drop it into Katalabs' multi-user 3D sandbox for a 'virtual world' type experience.

OurBricks seems the ideal solution for 3D artist that want to share their creations. Countless times I have seen on other sites where artists can share their 3D model, in the form of a 2D image, for peer review and "Can you render this model from a different angle," appears somewhere in the comments section. Now that problem is solved!

The OurBricks platform supports the following 3D file formats: COLLADA, OBJ, FBX, DXF, and KMZ. There is an option th…

A meetup with no-plugin required, thanks WebGL!

April 28th was the first WebGL Developer Meetup here in the Bay area with a great mix from industry titans to garage developers. Managed by the Khronos group, WebGL is a web-based graphics library that extends the capability of the JavaScript programming language to allow it to generate interactive 3D graphics within any compatible web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari).

Web3D veteran and my fellow Meetup co-organizer Tony Parisi introduced Neil Trevett, President of Khronos & VP Mobile Content at NVidia, who presented on 'What is WebGL?'

Henrik Bennetsen gave a product demonstration on OurBricks. OurBricks lets you discover, interact with and share 3D content right in your browser. Think of it as a 3D warehouse where you can freely examine the model and much more. A great site for 3D modelers that want to share their work with others. A proper write up on OurBricks will be coming soon but do check out their website and the video below.

Closing demonstrations came from Kennet…

Stanford's Open Source unConference '08

Some old news here as back to back holidays and projects have sidetracked me from posting this earlier. On Friday November 14, 2008 Stanford Open Source Lab had its first Open Source unConference. Hosted by Stanford's Metaverse man Henrik Bennetsen, it was an intimate turnout of those supporting open source tools and technologies.

Pictures from WiseMarco

The event grid had great topics and speakers for all the sessions. There were several sessions on Drupal (the open source content management platform), I caught Vladimir Bacvanski's engaging session on Javascript and the Dojo Toolkit, and finished off with Gene Leybzon's session explaining and showcasing some cool applications he developed for Google's Android open free mobile platform.

Gene Presentation For Android
Only natural to have a session on the open standard for the 3D Web/Metaverse and cover its open source players. Thanks to Web3D Consortium Board member Dr. Michael Aratow for also participating in this sessio…

The Roadmap for the Metaverse

Back in February, Stanford campus was my home for a weekend of Metaverse real world events.

Friday the 15th - Metaverse Roadmap Workshop: Over forty different leaders and pioneers in Metaverse related industries were invited to discuss and collaborate on a continuation of the Metaverse Roadmap. For me, truly an honor to be invited to participate with the brightest people of so many different fields and technologies. The day was a mix of great speakers, presentations, and various break-out workgroups. Bridget Agabra, the ASF Metaverse Roadmap Project Manager, did a great job of organizing this fascinating event sponsored by Metaversum. A really cool event to be a part of.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th - MetaverseU Conference
This public event was a collection of presentations, panels, and open discussion covering various facets of the virtual/mirror worlds, augmented reality, and lifelogging. The conference was simulcast in Second Life to truly make it a mixed reality event. Beth Colem…

Stanford's Metaverse Meetups

Even though these events are from last year, they are great insight by two forward thinkers as to where the web is headed.

MM1 -Mike Liebhold, a Senior Researcher at the Institute for the Future, focusing on the mobile and abundant computation, immersive media and geospatial web foundations for context-aware and ubiquitous computing.

MM2 - Jamais Cascio is currently a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future. He writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society. A TED 2006 conference speaker and co-founder of

Thanks to Henrik Bennetsen with Stanford for organizing these events.