After watching Jesse Schell’s presentation on the future of gaming, I came to thinking about the future of the web. I’ll summarize from memory in case you don’t have time to watch it:
The two things we can count: more devices and faster internet. I’m sure iPad is just the start of new types of devices and innovation in that space. Google is gearing up to release 1GB internet, 100 times what most people have in their homes now. So how are all these devices connected? The internet. What is the language of the internet? HTML. (xml and json too for data transfer)
Take the video tag, for instance. The entire world’s internet eyes and brain (browsers) have to now interpret a new piece of data, the video tag. A single browser could decide to interpret a “frog” tag, but that wouldn’t serve us much good - so there will always be some commonality behind new tags and innovation. HTML will continue to add new pieces of data that will be interpreted in different ways.
3D is certainly the area I’m most excited for. A world where today’s games like Half Life 2 can download streaming into your web browser in real time. Gigabit internet will provide that ability. O3D and WebGL are starting to pave the way for 3D in the browser. And I fully intend to leverage browser’s new 3D abilities when it comes out.
If you haven’t seen it, check out Google’s O3D beach demo. O3D is a plugin, but we know that plugins are trailblazers to new browser functionality. Safari and Firefox are implementing WebGL and this can be seen in their nightly builds. Pay attention to the Learning WebGL blog to see what has been happening in the world of WebGL. I can’t wait to start using it.
Web + 3D is the world I pictured and wanted to be a part of since back in 2001 when I went to DigiPen, Nintendo’s school, for 3D Animation:
So, more ways to input information and 3D are two directions I think the web is going!