Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

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Source:   —  October 20, 2017, at 8:43 PM

If these things are going to get off, they necessity to be easier to deploy. Mozilla previously worked with Google and others on the WebVR API, which over the latest year has let browsers launch VR experiences without any fuss or weird plugins.

Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

Basically it’s just tough to construct something on the web that you can easily deploy not just to desktop browsers, but to mobile, VR and AR headsets, and anything else that might do a small reality mixing. If these things are going to get off, they necessity to be easier to deploy.

Mozilla previously worked with Google and others on the WebVR API, which over the latest year has let browsers launch VR experiences without any fuss or weird plugins. WebXR (that’s a placeholder name) is a successor to this standard, including lots of similar functions but adding in all the stuff you necessity for, you know, the augmented side of the equation.

That means creating a common speech that connects concepts love object anchoring despite changes in implementation between ARCore, ARKit, Hololens, and other platforms. So there’s plenty of work to go around. Google isn’t a partner, but Mozilla’s work here is meant to be complementary to and compatible with the other company’s existing demos.

“We’ve talked with the folks at Google in the past about how to implement AR ideas on the web, given them feedback on what they’ve done with their WebAR sample implementations, and we’re making sure that our WebXR javascript lib works in their apps so that developers have the freedom to utilize whichever apps they wish to experiment with these new technologies on the web,” explained Mozilla principal research scientist Blair MacIntyre in an email to TechCrunch.

It’s not meant to outright replace WebVR, either. But it’s unclear how things will develop, so to speak, so if considerable changes are made implementing AR within that standard, it may at some point number longer be practical to call it that.

“Right presently we think that evolving WebVR to comprise support for AR capabilities would be the best long-term outcome,” MacIntyre said. “These changes might be relatively small, and the API still be called WebVR, or the community might determine to adopt more comprehensive changes and modify the title to WebXR or even WebMR.”

In the meantime this is more of a developer playground than a serious proposal; it supports desktop Firefox and there’s a WebXR Viewer on the iOS App Store if you wish to test it out, but for most people it’ll be fine to just wait.

You can check out the proposal and a handful of AR/VR experiments that utilize it on GitHub.

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