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Exploring 3D Models in Edorble WebVR

by Gabe Baker
An Indian stele from the British Museum.

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At Edorble, one of the things we've been working on is an experimental WebVR build of Edorble, our 3D world for online education and meetings. WebVR is a framework for building virtual reality experiences that can run right from a web browser. You can try out Edorble WebVR here, and if you've got a Google Cardboard lying around (or if you're super lucky, a Rift or Vive), go ahead and grab it for a more immersive experience. 

In one corner of Edorble WebVR, you'll see a new, tiny 3D gallery where we've brought in one model of a sandstone stele from India (shown above), and one model of a Haida totem pole (both from Sketchfab). The stele is currently located in the British Museum, and the Haida totem pole is currently at the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology. Feel free to check them out in Edorble WebVR on your own here. For a group experience, use a private Edorble WebVR world and invite your colleagues or students so you can talk about them together! Quick note: this gallery currently doesn't work on iOS because of Safari performance issues related to the high quality of the 3D models. We'll be fixing this in the upcoming weeks.

We'll be adding to this gallery in the months to come, and we'll be using our own creations as well as other brilliant models from tools and sites like Sketchfab, 3D Warehouse, Tinkercad, Unity 3D, and more. More importantly, we'll also be brainstorming the best way to let users import 3D models from a variety of sources.

In a previous blog post, I wrote about a recent feature that allows users to upload images and notes to their Edorble WebVR world. I also wrote a strong defense of traditional, two-dimensional content. This is one of the things that's great about immersive worlds for online gatherings - you can have them both.