updated 02:45 pm EDT, Mon May 16, 2005
X3D modeling contest
SpaceTime3D is sponsoring an to produce high-fidelity models of actual diamonds. Contestants will use the basic 3D geometry of a round brilliant diamond and inspect a reasonable facsimile, then model the diamond in full detail and render it using X3D in a 3D browser of their choice. First Prize for the most realistic and easy to manipulate diamond: $3000 gift certificate. Second Prize for the best representation of a diamond ring on a person using H-Anim: $1500 give certificate. Deadline for submission is July 20th. Also announced today was RawKee 0.4, an open source plug-in for Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited that not only allows users to export the X3D file format, but also allows users to setup X3D scripting and routing from within Maya through the RawKee X3D interaction editor. The update adds support for the latest version of Maya and Mac OS X, and also allows exporting of VRML97, X3DV, and X3D.