NEW YORK — One of the more intriguing features coming in the Mango update that Microsoft showed today was the ability for developers to build apps in 3-D.
Microsoft senior product manager Derek Snyder demonstrated in the video below an app that British Airways built using the 3-D technology. Developers can choose to use the 3-D graphics for games in Xbox Live or 2-D graphics in Microsoft’s Silverlight animation software.
In this demo app, you take a virtual walk-through of the plane to select a seat. The application also allows you to pin a QR code, similar to a bar code, for a boarding pass to the phone’s home screen.
“The way the 3-D worked with the BA app, that was pretty intense,” said Will Stofega, analyst at research firm IDC.
The application will not be available until the fall.
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