Firefox Gets Integrated 3D Support Thanks to the Efforts of Research Group

March 5, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

A research group have been developing a modified version of the Firefox browser, introducing an ability to view 3D graphics directly from within the browser. This effectively means that web designers will be able to utilize 3D in the design of their websites, paving the way to a new era of web browsing.

Those of you playing Quake Live and/or Battlefield Heroes may be wondering how this is different. Well, the thing is, those games utilize their own 3D engines and the browser is just used as a front-end interface which launches the actual game. This all requires a plugin developed by the game company to work though, while the new modified Firefox runs 3D on its own, without anything external.

The researchers have opted for developing more resource-efficient ray tracing algorithms to achieve their goal – this effectively means that we should expect a high quality of the rendered images too.

According to the group, their technology is already complete and fully operational – it’s just a matter of actually implementing it now.

[ Via PCWorld ]

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