The W3C Augmented Reality Community Group is an open forum for collaborative discussions about the intersection of Augmented Reality and the Web, or more simply the Augmented Web. This forum welcomes discussions about related standards, the standardisation process, related market developments and the broader social implications of this new generation of the web.
We believe that the Augmented Web brings a unique perspective that pushes standards, APIs, hardware technologies and the broader web platform to the edge of their performance limits. The Augmented Web embraces the changes brought about by HTML5 and other related standards including Geolocation, DeviceOrientation, DeviceMotion, WebGL, Web Audio, Media Capture & Streams and WebRTC. The Augmented Web integrates all of these disparate technologies into an integrated new vision of the web.
This group will not produce specifications. Instead it aims to build an integrated community voice that reaches out to all of the other relevant working groups and standards bodies to ensure that the Augmented Web perspective is clearly represented and considered. Our goal is to help ensure that the disparate standards and APIs being planned and implemented by these other groups can be seamlessly integrated into this new vision for the Augmented Web.
Read more about goals and operating guidelines in the Charter: http://www.w3.org/community/ar/wiki/Charter
I hope you had a great break over the holiday period. You’ll notice that at the beginning of the year the group page was updated with the new charter and now we’re all set for 2013.
It’s great to see that the Augmented Web has taken some great leaps forward with WebRTC now supported on Chrome, Firefox and Opera on the desktop as well as by Opera on Android and Bowser on iOS. WebGL is also making good progress with coverage of almost every platform except for iOS now. There is also good progress being made to enable Web Workers to process Canvas elements too.
However, the debate about device enumeration and fingerprinting continues to be a major quagmire.
There is also good progress being made by the Web3D community in refining their AR extensions to the X3D specification. It’s interesting to review the comparison of their previous proposals.
And today the ISO SC24 WG9 starts a workshop to refine their Augmented Reality Continuum Reference Model – which is where I am right now.
So the momentum continues and expect to see a lot more interesting examples and demos as more people start to realise the power the Augmented Web is unleashing.
The new year is approaching fast and the intersection of Augmented Reality and the Web has come a long way (see my recent position paper at the 7th AR Standards meeting). I think it’s now time for this group to step up and build a real voice within the AR, web and standards communities.
In order to make this happen I’ve created a proposed charter so we can all collaborate on this. I’ve also added a poll for the group so we can all vote on adopting this new charter. The deadline for this poll closes on the 1st of January, 2013 so this is perfect timing to start the new year with a clear direction and some real momentum.
I also think that we should start the new year with a single chair for this group and I’ll be starting a more detailed discussion about that on the mailing list soon.
So get ready to get collaborating. There’s a lot of work to be done and there’s a lot of topics that need much broader discussion. I can’t wait to see this group fire up and I’m looking forward to working with you all to help realise the amazing vision that the Augmented Web is quickly growing into.