Monterey, Calif.--Feb. 18, 1998-- The VRML (Virtual RealityModeling Language) Consortium and Sun Microsystems, Inc, (PaloAlto, Calif.) announced that Sun has joined the VRML Consortium as avoting member to promote the compatibility and interoperability of Sun'sJava 3D API (Java 3D) technology and the VRML 97 standard.
Sun and the VRML Consortium intend to establish a Consortium working groupto explore closer integration of Java 3D and VRML. Any proposed changes to the VRML specification will be subject to the VRML Consortium's proven open review, approval, and voting process. Sun is also contemplating futureadaptations of the Java 3D specification to allow closer integration withVRML.
The Java 3D API can be used to develop programmed applications and appletsthat model, animate, simulate, and view 3D content. VRML developmentprograms and VRML viewers can be easily implemented using the Java 3D API.VRML is ideal for encapsulating 3D content created by sophisticatedmodeling and animation authoring tools.
VRML '97 is an open, ubiquitous standard for the encapsulation, delivery and playback of interactive 3D graphics on the Internet or Intranet, recentlyratified by ISO as an International Standard. Leading companies thatembrace the VRML 97 standard include 3Dlabs, Apple Computer, Cosmo Software (a Silicon Graphics company), Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, Intervista Software,Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Onlive! Technologies, Oracle, Platinum Technology, S3, Samsung Electronics, Sony, Superscape, TemplateGraphics Software, and now, Sun Microsystems.
Java 3D is a powerful, general-purpose, scene-level 3D graphics APIextension to the Java language that supports one of the most complete andadvanced 3D graphics capabilities available today.
As part of its commitment to VRML, Sun will provide developers with aJava-based VRML 97 "time-zero" geometry loader and a VRML browser tool.These will be incorporated into the utility library to be released afterthe Java 3D API V1.0 Sample Implementation is released. A Beta of thisSample Implementation, using the Java Development Kit V 1.2 forMicrosoft Windows 95, Windows NT, and Solaris, is expected tobecome publicly available within the next 60 days.
The VRML Consortium
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