Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Dec 2005 17:09 UTC, submitted by anonymous
General Development "Once upon a time, 3D for the Web promised to be as easy as building a Web page. Unfortunately, 3D - even simple 3D - is more complex than displaying scrolling text and pictures. Each VRML vendor implemented a different subset of the spec, and it never gained traction. And so 3D on the Web faded away. Or did it? It turns out that VRML lives on in its XML flavor, X3D, which has grown to encompass VRML's siblings H-Anim (Humanoid Animation) and GeoVRML."
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X3D is young...
by tyrione on Mon 26th Dec 2005 20:24 UTC
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Let's not get too pessimistic regarding VRML's heritage for the web before we have even begun to see a real-time Internet.

You have an entire Medical Community that could benefit greatly from the aide of 3-D.

You have the Aerospace Industry, various industrial fields that could benefit greatly from these technologies.

Does the average consumer get excited? No. VRML never should have really been targeted for the general consumer who has not real need other than to connect through link branches and get back their text/image content.

Problem solving systems where critical analysis is needed in 3D will want such capabilities.

When information in 2D becomes so dense that searching requirements are choked then they'll rethink in 3D space or 4D space how to reimplement solutions that can break these enormous amounts of information into sets of uniquely grouped blocks of desired information that are more easily visualized in 3D than in 2D.

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