Three.js NYC's Mission n Vision n Stuff: The mission of Three.js NYC is to help developers bring more 3D to their applications, and to support the adoption of Three.js among NYC's vibrant web dev community. If the group can become a hotspot for people to team up to create the next big thing in 3D awsomeness in the browser, so much the better.
Discover Three.js...Because wasn't the Web supposed to already be 3D by now? In the early days of the web, circa 1990's, so 20-25 years ago, self-appointed "visionaries" assured us with great confidence that before long, the "information superhighway" would evolve into a richly immersive, virtual experience--pushing your shopping cart down a 3D aisle, for example. And yet, as we all know, this is not quite the direction the Web ended up going. The realities of processing overhead, web connection speed and band width (or lack thereof), lack of scripting languages to get the job done and steep learning curves, saw to that. Instead, 3D sought greener pastures in game development, which were less reliant on an internet connection for their performance. Meanwhile, the Web itself sort of hunkered down with the 2D page paradigm, culminating in the "flat design" aesthetic which has dominated web design since the rise of mobile.
In this Three.js Meetup, we challenge the dominance of 2D websites in the browser (and on your phone), by starting with a simple question: If processing speed, bandwidth and technology are no longer such huge obstacles, why wouldn't we want a 3D alternative to, say, LinkedIn, Facebook or Amazon? Are there UI-UX (User Interfacer / User Experience) issues that make this impractical? Is it as simple as people don't want all the bells and whistles when all they want to do is buy a book or post their vacation photos? Will the 3D web come, but with the browser being leapfrogged by wearables, namely the headset? In this Meetup, we hope to get closer to some answers as we develop our Three.js skills, inspire each other and, hopefully, lay claim to our share of the wide-open real estate that is currently the vacant and undeveloped 3D Web.
If you have read this far, you have probably joined the group, so welcome aboard!