Bringing 3D Graphics to the Web
Copernicus project, funded in part by Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, aims to develop a usable and effective 3D Web user interface design, where hypertext and 3D graphics are simultaneously available and linked.
(here in blue) is a three-dimensional solid
object bounded by six square faces, facets or sides, with three meeting at each
is a perfectly round geometrical object (here
in green). Like a circle
in two dimensions, a perfect
sphere is completely symmetrical around its center, with all points on the surface
laying the same distance from the center point. This distance is known as the radius
of the sphere. The maximum straight distance through the sphere is known as the
of the sphere.
is a polyhedron formed by connecting a polygonal
base and a point, called the apex
. Each base edge and
apex form a triangle.
How to design a user interface that combines hypertext and 3D graphics?
Designing such user interface presents some interesting challenges; in particular,
we need to combine interactive 3D graphics know-how with well established user interface
conventions of the Web. One of our designs, the Dual-Mode User Interface implemented in a wiki-type authoring environment called Copernicus, is described in the WWW2012 paper
and presented in the videos below.
Dual-Mode User Interface
Copernicus - User Interface
Copernicus - Author Interface