September 2, 2011
Web demo goodies – August 2011
For this month’s roundup of things moving and shaking on the web, we’ll dip into the pool as well as reunite with our good old friend; the Cornell Box.
Above: Evan Wallace has once again created a much talked about tech-demo called, with great efficiency: WebGL Water. The tech demo features raytracing, soft shadows, caustics and “analytic” (meaning “fake” :) ambient occlusion. It all comes together in an interactive WebGL app that looks good and has a very decent framerate, even on middle-of-the-road hardware. Well done!
Above: Another piece from Evan Wallace, this time taking on path tracing to create more realistic lighting and shadowing in a scene. The tech-demo allows you to change the material, move the lights and add/remove objects in the scene, as well as moving them around. Fun to play with, and again, surprisingly fast.
Above: MKVDB has made a WebGL port of his native Windows 1k executable “Nautilus” intro. Goes fullscreen and is a little heavy for most mid-range computers, but if you have a fast one it looks really gorgeous.
Above: The famous Cadillac Ranch art installation in Texas has found a home online in the virtual Cadillac Ranch. You can move around (granted, the controls are not exactly top notch) and spray-paint the car-wrecks in the sand. Built on WebGL.
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