3D Web with Google O3D

Thanks to a tweet from Rich White, I see Google is jump-starting the idea of hardware accelerated 3D graphics in the web browser. Check this video out.

What is O3D? From their website:

O3D is an open-source web API for creating rich, interactive 3D applications in the browser. This API is shared at an early stage as part of a conversation with the broader developer community about establishing an open web standard for 3D graphics.

All you have to do is install the plug-in, restart your browser, and visit the samples page. There are a bunch of proof on concepts there that give a general idea of what is possible. I can’t wait to see what people start creating with this.

Word Clouds

The New York Times has created an fantastic interactive word cloud of all the inaugural speeches from US presidents. Not only does it give you the frequency of words, but it pops up with text to put them in context. It even throws in a graph to show you when the words came up in the speech. Of course, they also include full-text version of the speeches as well. Very well done. I love when technology provides a way to look at information that just wasn’t feasible a few years ago.

Witty Comics

This morning as Logan and I were watching Elmo, I can across a cool site for making comics. With Witty Comics you choose characters, backgrounds, speech bubbles and write you own creative banter. While not as powerful as something like Comic Life, it is still a fun little website to play around with. If you are not versed on the power of comics to portray information I suggest you read Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. You won’t look at comics the same way again. It made me wonder why we don’t use them more often for complex ideas in learning. Anyways, here is my attempt at a witty comic. Try it out and send me yours.

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GMail Video Chat

It looks like Google has rolled out video chat for GMail. Sweet.


I have installed it, but it doesn’t work on my account. I am guessing that my GMail account hasn’t been blessed with the correct permissions yet. I will try again tomorrow.
It works now. Now I just need to wait for my contacts to install the plugin.

This is very cool as it is one less window I would have to have open. My question now is if I can video chat with my AIM contacts through gmail. That would be awesome.