OurBricks is the latest project from Linden Lab alum Henrik Bennetsen, founder of the Web GL-powered KataSpace, and it's his latest effort to bring 3D immersive experiences to the web. It has epic potential as an application, because it imports COLLADA-compatible files to the web, where they can be shared. Watch:
You can try this out yourself now, but you'll probably want to do so using Chrome Beta. "The thought is that now that 3D in a browser becomes possible," Henrik tells me, "the next problem is that the content type is a real pain. We are trying to take the thorns out of that for people." To see how it works, go to this sandbox site in KataSpace.
"We have this connected to KataSpace so that when you upload a piece then you can plop it into a multiuser enviroment," Henrik explains, as I log in. Here's what it looks like:
"[S]o what I did was to upload a model to OurBricks," Henrik tells me, referring to the buildings above, "then I pasted the URL into the box and it plopped into this sandbox space. We are working on letting you move scale etc." Yes that's right, you can add COLLADA content just by inserting an URL. "You can also embed it into a blog," he goes on, "Or drop a link on Facebook. Or plop it into the sandbox." In principle, then, you can even upload COLLADA mesh files for Second Life or files intended for Blue Mars, and share them on the web.
"We want to reach everyone who finds themselves needing 3D (this is kinda our shot for the moon) though in an early stage," Henrik tells me. Moon shot indeed. Give it a try, and if you are able to upload SL or Blue Mars files into KataSpace, share screenshots in Comments!
Update, 1/5: Bumped up for coolness.