Internet

Yahoo comes to life

Yahoo teams with Caligari to release Yahoo 3D for those of us tired of searching the Internet in merely two dimensions.

Yahoo (YHOO) has teamed up with Caligari to release Yahoo 3D for those of us tired of searching the Internet in merely two dimensions.

The three-dimensional search engine, linked to Yahoo's home page, will be available Wednesday. It is authored by Caligari's Pioneer, a VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) software tool.

The search engine uses the city analogy, with a courtyard of buildings representing a Yahoo category. Viewers choose to be guided by predefined camera views or roam freely to any building.

Each main category building contains 3D objects representing subcategories, such as a ballerina for "Dance" and rain clouds and lightening for "Weather." The site contains a total of 450 separate VRML objects.

"We're honored that Yahoo chose Caligari to take it into the third dimension," Roman Ormandy, president of Caligari said in a written statement. "The fact that a Web site of this scope can be designed with a $99 software product, shows that VRML is becoming a tool for the everyday user."