Welcome back to AWE Talks, our series that revisits the most engaging content from AWE’s catalog of conference sessions. Now that AWE EU 2023 has concluded, we have a fresh batch of sessions to dive into.
This week, we examine the evolution of web XR. It has always offered advantages in cross-platform support and accessibility but fell behind installed apps in functionality. But that's beginning to change. Wonderland shows us how.
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Jonathan Hale, CEO/CTO, Wonderland
Timmy Kokke, Sr. Web XR Solutions Architect, Wonderland
– Web XR's benefits have been fairly well established by now.
– For those unfamiliar, they include compatibility, accessibility, and scalability.
– Compatibility: ability to operate across most devices that have a browser.
– Accessibility: ability to launch and/or share experiences with a link or marker.
– Scalability: Greater addressable markets, unencumbered by platform fragmentation.
– But with these upsides come downsides, such as performance, relative to native XR.
– These performance detriments are gradually being addressed by the likes of 8th Wall.
– Wonderland has likewise achieved breakthroughs in porting experiences to web XR.
– For example, Dead Secret Circle is an immersive VR experience, successfully ported.
– Wonderland does this through frameworks that plug into standardized web APIs.
– The end result is XR that resides on web hosts and is accessed through the browser.
– But there are of course several other nuances, such as optimizing experiences for the web.
– For example, file size is often an issue with polygon-heavy immersive experiences.
– When porting XR to the web, the name of the game is to optimize original project assets.
– For example, surface textures can be compressed for web speed with minimal quality loss.
– In the end, Wonderland got a several-gigabyte experience down to about 150 megabytes.
For more color from Hale & Kokke, including deep dives into their technical processes, see the full video below...