Thanks to the flexibility of COLLADA being an XML based language, the COLLADA Working Group continues to growwith new members from many diverse disciplines that employ 3D technologies. Many of our members turn to Khronosstandards such as COLLADA, OpenGL ES and WebGL to support 3D content that can take advantage of web protocols andthe forthcoming HTML5 suite of standards. The synergy between the industry's 3D applications with Khronos standardsmotivates best-in-class COLLADA coherent products; products that soon will have the potential to operate within native 3Denabled browsers. This summer at Siggraph, we welcome you to join us at the COLLADA Birds of a Feather sessiononTuesday, July 27 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 402A,to hear from some of these members on how they employ COLLADA. You'll also learn more about our current working group efforts and our plans for the future.Alan Chaney, President of Mechnicality, and one of our new members, says, “When 3D applications move to the browser,developers encounter two new problems: stateless server operation and latency. REST (REpresentational State Transfer)addresses both issues: it removes the need to maintain client state in the server and thus allows the development of highlyscale-able Web services. It also allows selective access to individual components of the scene, dramatically reducinglatency. With REST, the server doesn’t need to know anything about the state of the client application; it uses the URI theclient gives it to retrieve a particular data component. And because the data are hierarchical, you can retrieve only the levelof detail required at a particular moment. Fortunately, the COLLADA 1.5 specification already provides selection of detail by URI.” Mechnicality is extending this approach to create a completely dynamic online 3D data management solution.Rightware’s Kanzi Solution enables rapid deployment and smooth workflow for advanced 3D user interfaces and graphicalcontent creation. This has been made possible due to intuitive pipeline, which reduces need of engineering when creatingUser Interfaces or graphical content. Kanzi is built on top of Khronos open standards such as OpenGL ES and COLLADA.Kanzi has been built to be extensible via third party solutions, for example by integrating font solutions or physics libraries.Kanzi and COLLADA work hand-in-hand, as the Kanzi tools all support the COLLADA language, whose flexibility anddynamic nature provide all the required data such as complex geometry and animations. Due to COLLADA’s strengths,Rightware plans to extend its use by providing user interface data, to be specified in future editions or revisions of theCOLLADA specification. Rightware is currently championing the user interface format as an officially supportedCOLLADA feature, working within the COLLADA working group at Khronos. At Siggraph, Rightware will be presentinghow the Kanzi Tool and COLLADA work together to bring world class mobile and automotive 3D content into actualdevices.In our Siggraph COLLADA Birds of a Feather session this July, Khronos will be delivering presentations and demos thatshowcase the work done to further advance the vision and goals of 3D applications for the web as well as for standalonetools applications. In the COLLADA session (see the top right bar here), we are pleased to have Mechnicality discussinghow they see internet protocols bringing COLLADA into the cloud, Smith Micro Software will show off the latestCOLLADA support for Poser Pro and students from University of Oregon will be showcasing an easy-to-use COLLADAweb viewer that truly rocks! We’re also excited that Rightware (Kanzi) will demonstrate their user interface solutions withCOLLADA, and lastly, Rémi Arnaud will deliver a brief presentation on the future of COLLADA.
Khronos COLLADA Session at Siggraph
Tuesday, 27 July | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Los Angeles Convention Center - Room LACC, Room 402A
We hope to see you there!