I know this is done all the time, I just don't know enough about the technology to move forward here.
I would like to provide a web service that has these capabilties.
1. Via a web page a user can launch a 3D world.
2. User can fly through world and move objects around. (Kind of like playing quake).
3. User can load and watch some canned scenarios in the world.
4. Objects in the world can
a. Trigger back end processing / data retrieval. example: In my 3D world, I pick up a saw and I have an option to get its user manual.
b. Show status. I can, from the back end modify appearances of objects.
Advice on where to begin?