The 'return' of 3D

ajax3d.org. Looking at the comments, it's funny to see people disdain the return of 3D to the web. Following history, 3D web technology is following the standard

As for the term 'AjaX3D', if you actually split it apart, it makes sense: "Asyncronous Javascript And X3D". An example may be flying through GoogleEarth and having 3D object downloaded as you approach the area, or interacting with 3D desktop on a website and having new objects come and go depending on data and your interactions.

VRML is definitely still alive - at work we use it for creating and driving in both generated and geo-specific worlds. Engineers use it for visualizing vehicle dynamics, human-machine interaction, and new city-scapes.

Unfortunately, Media Machines isn't helping their case by using a demo, Strike Fighter v.3 Game, that causes flashback to the early '90s. And their plugin, Flux is PC only (meaning Microsoft Windows). They say "for now", but the source uses DirectShow and ActiveX, two technologies that are most definitely not on any other platform.

About this article

written on
posted in TechnologyWeb Back to Top

About the Author

Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.