Khronos Launches 3D Commerce Viewer Certification Program

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

June 23, 2021


Khronos Launches 3D Commerce Viewer Certification Program

The Viewer Certification Program enables 3D viewers across the industry to demonstrate that they can display 3D products, making room for reliable 3D and AR-powered shopping across multiple platforms and devices.

According to the company, Amazon, Babylon.js, CGTrader, Emersya, Epic Games (Unreal Engine), Facebook (Spark AR), Google (<model-viewer> & Scene Viewer), Samsung (Internet Browser on Android), SketchFab, Unity, and UX3D (Gestaltor) have begun the process of certifying their viewers under this new program.
The Khronos Group's 3D Commerce Working Group has been working to solve problems slowing the growth of 3D in retail. The Working Group's diverse membership includes in-house content creators at major brands like IKEA, Amazon, and Wayfair; 3D ecosystem and platform developers like Google, Microsoft, Adobe, Facebook, Samsung, and Autodesk; and hardware manufacturers like Sony, Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD. 

The Khronos 3D Commerce Viewer Certification Program is open to any organization that wishes to certify that their viewers are capable of accurately displaying 3D assets used in ecommerce. In order to become certified, vendors must demonstrate that a 3D asset will look the same in their viewer versus another certified viewer. Potential Certificants use a publicly available test package containing glTF assets to generate test images. The Khronos 3D Commerce Working Group reviews these images, using the Khronos glTF Sample Viewer as a baseline. Organizations sign a Certification Agreement and pay an annual Certification Program Fee ($1,500 for Khronos members, $2,500 for non-members) to make an unlimited number of submissions.

Successfully reviewed submissions and viewers will be added to a public Certification Registry. Certificants can use the 3D Commerce Certified trademark in association with their certified viewers. The Khronos Group is calling upon viewer and tool vendors across the 3D ecosystem to join the growing list of organizations in the pipeline to be certified.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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