September 22, 2022 2:34 PM
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Ever see the movie, “Finding Dory?”
The 2016 Pixar film about a blue tang fish with anterograde amnesia might not be your thing, but it could be compared to CERN, the first-ever website that went live August 6, 1991.
In other words, USD is the HTML for 3D virtual worlds.
“We weren’t thinking about the metaverse when we made USD,” Steve May, vice president and CTO of Pixar, said during a virtual panel discussion at Nvidia’s GTC event this week. “We did not anticipate that USD would grow this rapidly and this broadly.”
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Without a doubt, the metaverse is one of the hottest topics of discussion in the tech world — how to build it, govern it, monetize it — and USD is being lauded for its pivotal role in speeding up its evolution.
And, in this, USD is on a journey the world has seen before.
An easily extensible, open-source framework for the interchange of 3D computer graphics data, USD was specifically built to be collaborative, to allow for non-destructive editing, and to enable multiple views and opinions.