Monday, January 4th, 2010


Not sure if the whole WebGL thing will take off? Check out the video above which shows a simple scene constructed in blender and exported to GLGE for use in a WebGL capable browser.

What is GLGE?

GLGE is a javascript library intended to ease the use of WebGL; which is basically a native browser JavaScript API giving direct access to openGL ES2, allowing for the use of hardware accelerated 2D/3D applications without having to download any plugins.

The aim of GLGE is to mask the involved nature of WebGL from the web developer, who can then spend his/her time creating richer content for the web.

2010. WebGL. Awesome. Thanks Paul Brunt!

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:17 am

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Three things:

1) Maybe it’s just my PC but in FF 3.5.6 the embedded clip is a bit too big and overlays the right-hand column by about 70 pixels.

2) This is very cool stuff, but I didn’t get a chance to test it out myself and was wondering what kinda performance you get from this? Also, as browser window is re-sized does the viewport expand/contract accordingly, or does the image simply scale?

3) So how long before we get cheesy amazon knockoffs that make their websites look like and actual store where you have to walk around and “pickup” stuff. ;)

One last thing, and I apologize but I have to do this… can it run Crysis? :D

Comment by iliad — January 4, 2010

@iliad: FF 3.7a1pre slapped flash in the face and now it doesn’t overlay.

As for the video: Where is browser on it?
As for the demo and perhaps WebGL? Performance on my Phenom 4x3Ghz, 4GiB RAM and Radeon HD 4870 was shit.

If you look at the source code of demo, it actually doesn’t look all that complicated (disregarding source of GLGE). I’m not sure how this will be useful, but if so far we had 2d that wasn’t hardware accelerated (not sure), and with this we can get acceleration, then I guess there is some use to WebGL.
If its purpose is to give us something like in this demo with 20-30 FPS that I had, then there is no point in 3d and its better to look at Google’s extension for C in browser.

Comment by paziek — January 4, 2010

This is really impressive. I’m extremely excited about WebGL.

Comment by richtaur — January 4, 2010

AWESOME…!! :):)
It may not be as rich as the latest kick-ass games out there, but coupled with the power of the “web” it certainly has extreme disruptive powers … ;)
GREAT stuff Paul :)

Comment by ThomasHansen — January 5, 2010

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