VRML Browsers, Applications, and Related Projects
- WebSpace, WebSpace & Intervista
- Organize Information, Simulated Environments, Communication
- preceding projects
[slide made 95.MAY.13]
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The original VRML browser
This was the original VRML browser (nee Labyrinth) and should be available
for Windows, Mac and UNIX. (URL is http://www.hyperion.com/intervista/)
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Joint development between SGI & Template
(URL is http://www.sgi.com/Products/WebFORCE/WebSpace/) and the TGS information -
(URL is http://www.sd.tgs.com/~template/WebSpace/)
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From the maker's of WebOOGL, Geomview is currently a "Quasi-compliant"
VRML viewer with some talk of making it more so.
(URL is http://www.geom.umn.edu:80/software/geomview/)
NetPower (VRML Studio?) ... demonstrated at Interactive 3D symposium.
(URL is http://www.netpower.com/)
GRAZ, Austria (26th April 1995) - IICM, home of Hyper-G, NCSA, home of
Mosaic, and the University of Minnesota, home of Gopher, today jointly
announced the development of VRweb, a new three-dimensional Internet
browser based on the emerging VRML standard for 3D objects on the
The whole announcement is in the VRML archive:
(URL is http://vrml.wired.com/arch/1739.html)
NCSA VRML page: (URL is http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/General/VRML/VRMLHome.html)
Information on Hyper-G: (URL is ftp://iicm.tu-graz.ac.at/pub/Hyper-G)
They are planning a Linux version, as well as source availability for
I'm not sure of the relationship of VRweb to GopherVR? Here is the GopherVR announcement: (URL is http://vrml.wired.com/arch/1647.html)
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Modelers that output VRML
Virtual Home Builder
This is a simple modeler from ParaGraph (URL is http://www.us.paragraph.com/)
Available 15-MAY-95, Price $49.95, Platform PC
From Radiance, high-end, SGI only (URL is http://www.webcom.com/~radiance/vrml.html)
Virtus is working on a VRML compliant version of WalkThrough Pro. The
product should be released in the third quarter of 95.
High quality modeler for PC (Windows 95) from 3D/EYE, Ithaca, N.Y. Will
ship one month after Win95.
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This tool is available for SGI's from ftp.sgi.com.
InterChange for Windows
Syndesis makes InterChange for Windows, a program that
translates between more than thirty 3D file formats
such as AutoCAD DXF, Wavefront, 3D Studio, etc.
For more info call (414) 674-5200 or fax (414) 674-6363.
This tool supports most file formats (DXF, 3DS, ...) found on the avalon 3D archive and
will output VRML files. Wait until you see it say VRML before you
grab the .zip file.
When the beta is available I will make it available via my
homepage (URL is http://www.europa.com/~keithr)
TGS (Template will be offering a DXF, 3D Studio & IGES to Inventor & VRML
converter in July.
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Imagination is more important than knowledge - A. Einstein
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Dive is a multiuser VR system that have many of the features that will
be issues in VRML 2, such as gateways/links, behaviours, interaction,
multiuser support, etc. Dive focuses on replication, reliable multicast
protocols, distributed locking methods and other technologies.
Both humans and applications can be participants. The software is available for noncommercial use.
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass.
Goals, explore technology for a virtual environment using multimedia.
Humans can interact; agents exist.
Communicate through speech, hand gesture recognition, body position, etc.
Physics based animation & 3D rendering.
C. Rich et al.,
``Demonstration of an Interactive Multimedia Environment,'' IEEE Computer, Vol. 27, No. 12,
Dec. 1994, pp. 15-22.) and `An Animated On-Line Community with
Artificial Agents,'' in the Winter 1994 issue of IEEE MultiMedia.
On the Web: http://www.merl.com/merle/Welcome.html
Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) is a virtual environment
supporting interactive simulation connecting multiple sites over a
network. It grew out of SIMNET and is mostly used to simulate battles.
WebOOGL is an experiment in 3D distributed hypermedia. Simply put, it
integrates 3D graphics and the World Wide Web. Just as you can associate
a link (a URL) with text, images, movies, or sound in traditional Web
browsers, WebOOGL allows you to associate URLs with 3D objects. You can
build a 3D scene from multiple objects distributed in different
locations throughout the Web through "inlining", and you can hyper-link
a 3D object to any other document on the Web.
WebOOGL provides a general purpose tool for closely integrating 3D
visualization with the Web, and has been used to visualize Webspace
itself. An obvious future direction is to embed the the Webspace
visualization in hyperbolic space, where there is an exponential "amount
of room" a given distance from a point, rather than the quadratic
"amount of room" we have at our disposal in Euclidean space.
Tecate is part of Project Sequoia 2000 at SDSC. It's goal is to allow
researchers and lay people to browse and visualize complex interrelated
datasets. For example, data can be coming from data bases, simulations
and the Web simultaneously. Virtual Reality is used to assemble and
examine the data.
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