Blend4Web, NASA and the Curiosity Rover
Dear customers and the Blend4Web community!
We are glad to inform you about a remarkable Blend4Web-powered project recently released by NASA. To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Curiosity, the famous Mars rover, landing on the red planet, NASA has developed a web application to reflect the most prominent moments of this space mission. This app is both very informative and intriguing: you can move the rover, control its cameras and the robotic arm and even take a selfie!
The purpose and technical specifications of the most important parts of the machinery - nuclear battery, chassis, antennas and others - are displayed in pop-up annotations. The convenience and clearness of such an approach are substantial advantages of interactive content over ordinary video clips.
The 3D content is integrated with martian landscape photos linked to locations and events via HTML interface and markers. Seamless integration of these different data types is guaranteed by WebGL as a native browser technology.
This interative visualization works in standard browsers including mobile ones, and therefore, does not require downloading or installing any components or apps. This proves the feasibility of the web platform both for end users (3D graphics can easily be delivered to the general public) and for developers (write once, run anythere).
We believe that the successful implementation of such an ambitious project marks a significant milestone in the development of Internet technologies in general and WebGL, in particular. NASA's choice to use Blend4Web confirms the importance of the key principles behind the engine: open source, cloud-independence, integration with free and open source Blender.