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Open Source Web-based Viewer Launched: 3Di Puts OpenSim in the Browser

3Di’s Web-based viewer used for on-line commerce

3Di of Japan has released the source code for its browser-based viewer, accelerating the possibility that the ability to access openSim virtual worlds through the browser will become increasingly stable and effective.

According to the company press release:

3Di, Inc., which develops and offers 3D Internet solutions (Head office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Satoshi Koike; hereinafter referred to as 3Di) has today launched an open source project, named 3Di Viewer “Rei”, for viewing and interacting with OpenSim-based(*1) 3D virtual worlds in web browsers. With this public release of open source technology, 3Di hopes to assist industry adoption and standardization of 3D Internet technology. Using the same core technology as 3Di’s commercial product 3Di OpenViewer(*2), the open source project 3Di Viewer “Rei” offers software developers an open platform for delivering multi-user 3D Internet content inside the web browser.

Multi-user 3D virtual worlds have achieved success in focused application areas, but they have not yet achieved broad penetration and universal adoption, like traditional 2D web media. 3Di Viewer “Rei” addresses this problem by integrating 3D content inside of traditional 2D web pages, allowing existing 2D content to merge with or migrate to 3D content.

According to Norman Lin, Technology Group Manager at 3Di: “We have been receiving quite some interest about the possibilities of a viewer running inside the web browser. Also, the OpenSim community has been looking for a new BSD-licensed(*3) viewer solution. By offering our viewer as open source under the BSD license, we’re hoping to help accelerate the standardization and industry-wide adoption of 3D Internet technologies.”

In addition to being browser-based, the project provides another option to the openSim development community, as the release notes.

Combined with the various “light viewers” that Linden Lab is exploring, expect to see a new generation of options for accessing openSim and Second Life.


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