This group has been dormant for quite a while now while we’ve been waiting for the standards to stabilise and for performance to improve. But now it’s time to move to the next stage.
At Augmented World Expo this week I presented a session on Computer Vision in the browser and showed the first public demonstration of Natural Feature Tracking working in a standard web browser. This is a watershed moment and signals that AR has now really arrived on the web.
Here’s a link to my session http://www.augmentedworldexpo.com/agenda/session/175703
Here’s a link to my slides https://www.slideshare.net/robman/computer-vision-now-working-in-over-2-billion-web-browsers
Here’s a link to a video of the first demo that shows Milgram’s Mixed Reality Continuum all running in a browser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhJSfqBYjKE
If you’re not familiar with Milgrams Continuum then I’d recommend you checkout this great post from Mark Billinghurst https://medium.com/startup-grind/what-is-mixed-reality-60e5cc284330 (more discussion on this soon).
And I’ll post a video of our NFT demo and more information about it here soon too.
Right now I’m heading off to Web3D 2017 where I’ll be running a BoF session on AR in the web. We’ll be covering how AR is working in the web right now, then discussing what APIs are required for the near future.
We’ll also be discussing the fragmentation that’s already starting to form with a AR, VR and MR Community Groups – it would be great if we could all build a shared vision to work towards.
Recently we also launched an update to our awe.media platform that makes it easy for anyone to Create, View & Share Location based AR using just their web browser. And you can do this on any device – mobile, tablet, desktop or head mounted display/glasses.
We’ll be extending this very soon adding our new Natural Feature Tracking plus Visual Search and lots more features. This is all built using our open source awe.js framework that was first released back in 2012.
So you can see that there’s lot going on and finally…Mixed Reality has arrived in the web and it’s clear that the web is how Mixed Reality can gain massive adoption!
If you’re at Web3D please come along and join in the discussion. And I’ll post a summary here after the event and then kick off some more detailed discussions on the mailing list after that. Now’s the time for some specific proposals to move us forward.
It’s time to wake up the W3C!