Teapotters Wants To Be The YouTube of 3D

first_imgRelated Posts The plugin you need is called 3D Life Player and itwas a bit of a process getting it installed. But after I installed the plugin anddownloaded a 4MB sample teapot 3D file, this is what I saw: Tags:#web ImpressionsOverall it’s a fun technology, but it may take a while to become popular in the likesof MySpace and blogs. Having to install a plugin before you can view these 3D widgets isgoing to be a major obstacle to overcome. Perhaps such plugins will over time become asubiquitous as Flash is today, but that’s a few years out at least. Another issue is thatthe 3D files seem to be quite large. The teapot example was 4 MB and the Nintendo one was800kb. Perhaps this won’t be a problem going forward, as broadband services improve, butright now it’s an issue for a widget – which are supposed to be lightweight. Also Inoticed that when I was running the 3D animations, my Firefox browser seemed to clam upand run slowly (but that may say more about my current laptop’s sometimes dodgyperformance).How it worksHere are more details on what Teapotters.com can do and the specs to run the 3Dfiles:What Teapotters can do:Upload and Server side 3D files conversionReal-time 3D displayReal-time 3D for Blog publishing with 3D widgetClassic community features Tag/Comment/rating/etc…Real-time 3D Tech Req:Recent 3D graphics cardsIE 6/7 for the plug-in installation (works after plug-in installation withFirefox)Works on MacOSX but it’s still in an alpha testThere’s a tour video (around a40MB download!) and also more info about the service on their About page, which notes thatTeapotters.com is a “Friday Creative project” and backed by “some of Dassault Systemes’innovative technologies”.ConclusionTeapotter’s goal of making 3D available for everyone, everywhere on the web, iscertainly admirable. It’s impressive technology, but it will struggle to get immediateuptake simply due to the user overheads (plugin and large widget files). But it’s surelya pointer to the future of the Web, when 3D technologies and widgets displaying them willbe commonplace in social networks. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Another example is the Nintendo Wiishowcase: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A new “3D community” hasjust been launched, with the unusual name of Teapotters. The name comes from 3D pioneerMartin Newell, who created the first free 3D model in 1974 – a teapot model. The siteTeapotters.com aims to popularize 3D displays and sharing across the Web – websites,social networks, blogs and more – via a “3D widget”. The email pitch I received referredto the service as “the Youtube of 3D”. I know, that kind of description makes most of usroll our eyes. But still, I was intrigued enough to check it out…The way this works is via a plugin, so to actually view any of the 3D widgets youfirst have to install the plugin. Here is what you encounter before you’ve installed anything (this is in Fx, but it’s asimilar process for IE): richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img

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