Standards group W3C publishes WebXR draft | | Yoga Beauty Health
Standards group W3C moved VR and AR on the Web forward this week with the publication of a draft specification. The WebXR Device API "describes support for accessing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, including sensors and head-mounted displays, on the Web." When paired with 3D content made in WebGL, the API can turn a standard URL or web address into a portal to another world. Most VR developers build interactive virtual worlds in engines like Unreal and Unity. Programmers often write the underlying logic of those worlds in a language like C#. WebXR (which builds on earlier work called WebVR) could open up VR and AR development to developers familiar with Web-based tools like Amazon Sumerian, or languages like Javascript. "The WebXR Device API will provide the first opportunity for AR and VR to help people at web scale," explained Trevor Flowers, chair of the Immersive Web Community Group. "It will be wild to see how millions of web creators across the globe use