Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tech Demo: Fractal Lab - WebGL
A web-based 3D Fractal generator using WebGL is available at http://fractal.io/. You will need Google Chrome or Firefox 4 Beta to run this application.
We have been waiting years (since VRML) for a suitable web-based 3D platform for apps. to be delivered as a web service. This WebGL technology looks impressive, as the fractals generated are formed using GPU Shaders that implement a form of real-time ray tracing. If we can get this sort of efficiency with a web-based delivery, we may not be too far off viable native web-apps. for 3D Virtual Worlds and Games.
BTW, the Mandelbulb (pictured) is amazing, and runs perfectly well on my tiny GeForce 9400M powered Mac.