Cesium ion Powering A-Terrain

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Mozilla has selected Cesium ion to provide 3D geospatial content to A-Frame with A-Terrain, a 3D geographic rendering component.

A stylized view of San Francisco.

We’re big fans of A-Frame’s easy-to-use web components for creating virtual reality experiences. Supported by Mozilla, A-Frame wraps WebVR in HTML custom elements, making it simpler to develop virtual reality experiences that work across devices, from desktop to Oculus Rift. We also love that A-Frame is open source and uses open standards such as glTF, a 3D format we collaborate on with Mozilla and others in Khronos.

Cesium ion is providing 3D content for A-Terrain, including terrain, imagery, and 3D buildings. Developer Anselm Hook of Mozilla explains: “The initial release has elevation and satellite image data for the whole planet and also offers 3d buildings for the San Francisco Bay Area.” Check out his post on Mozilla’s blog for more details on the project.

Anselm also admires CesiumJS for global-scale visualization; among 3D globe platforms, “I definitely feel Cesium is the best of breed here in terms of high quality 3D rendering and understanding the world in context.”

A-Terrain will allow virtual reality scenarios to be situated in a geospatial context. We look forward to seeing what local-scale experiences users build with just a few lines! Get in touch to share your project with us.

Mt Whitney.