Google’s O3D lets Browsers Show Accelerated 3D Graphics (Apr. 22, 2009) — Google on Tuesday released O3D software to get accelerated 3D graphics to browsers.

googlegraphicsThe O3D is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, but finally the technology will be built directly into browsers, hopes Google.

The O3D provides an interface allowing developers’ Web-based JavaScript programs tap directly into a computer’s graphics chip, which could mean better games and other applications.

Google considers that it’s possible that multiple 3D interfaces will be supported in browsers of the future. “Ultimately, there’s going to be at least two,” Papakipos said, pointing out that 2D graphics in the browser has two technologies at present, SVG and Canvas.

Although Google has applications such as Google Earth that would benefit from 3D acceleration, the company knows well that games are the real draw.

There are plenty of casual gamers who might be interested in Web games that today might run with Adobe Systems’ Flash technology.

One thought on “Google’s O3D lets Browsers Show Accelerated 3D Graphics

  • April 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    It’s good to see that Google didn’t give up on their definition of the 3D web after they closed Lively. This new application shows that a lot is possible by just using a normal internet browser combined with new 3D technology. It will be interesting to see what developers will do with this API. Fact is that the virtual world wide web is coming and Google wants to give it a boost.

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