>> Friday, June 17, 2011
I've been following the emergence of WebGL with avid interest. Putting 3-D rendering in a browser sounds like a great idea and I hope this will draw more programmers over to OpenGL. But while I admire the technology, one question gnaws at me: where's the killer app? What can WebGL do for society that nothing else can?
OpenGL's primary uses are video games and CAD, but I can't picture either of those being successfully transitioned to the browser. And despite Google's enthusiastic support, their O3D project hasn't gone anywhere since I watched it demonstrated at Google IO 2009.
I've read comments saying that Microsoft's disinterest will drive users to browsers other than IE, but this assumes the existence of a WebGL application that will set the world on fire. What is that application?