NASA's Blend4Web-Powered Project Won a Webby Award!
It seems though the story of Experience Curiosity, a Blend4Web-powered simulator developed by NASA, is not quite over. This interactive web application featuring the famous Mars rover was nominated for the highly prestigious Webby Award (aka Internet Oscar) granted to the most exemplary online projects of the year.
After a preliminary stage of public online voting, the judges named this project the Webby Award winner in the category of Government & Civil Innovation Websites. Intriguingly, NASA's second nominated project, the Unity-powered Spacecraft 3D mobile app, wasn't as lucky!
It is tradition for Webby winners to give a short "speech" consisting of just 5 words at the award ceremony. This time the phrase was Rockin' and Rovin' on Mars, voiced by NASA's representative Brian Kumanchik, the lead and the art director of this project.
Brian is a veteran of interactive CG who migrated to Blender 6 years ago. The decision of NASA engineers to adopt Blend4Web for the Mars rover simulator was due to a number of reasons including the fact that it works in browsers without plug-ins, is open source, is integrated with Blender and offers a fully-fledged physics engine out of the box.