Earlier this week, on July 06, Google released its new Blocks app, which will allow any interested user to create objects and art for the virtual reality (VR) medium. Blocks will be available for free for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. There has been no news, presently, about a Daydream release as well.
Blocks App, a Companion for the Tilt Brush
Tilt Brush, Google’s painting app, is held as being one of the best applications for creating high quality, very detailed and fine VR art. However, this is also making it quite ‘intimidating’ to more casual users.
So Google has now released a new tool, which will be more readily available to all those looking to create VR content. Through its Blocks app, the giant company is simplifying the content creation process in VR. The new application also uses tool specially designed for this very purpose.
Users will be able to build colorful 3D models by using blocks that resemble ones used in children’s games. The app is supposed to be intuitive enough as to be readily utilized by all users, from newcomers to more specialized users.
It should also be full-featured and attractive enough as to be capable of returning artistically compelling models. Google already collected such examples, which set the base for an online gallery.
Users are also not limited to just the Blocks app. They can export and share their objects by making them viewable online. The creations can also be placed in 3D scenes both inside and outside of VR, for example, in AR. On the Google Blocks site, they can also be spun around, which will create animated and downloadable GIFs.
At least for the moment, the Blocks app seems to be aiming for a lower level of realism than most similar such applications. While this may not advantage professional artists, it could benefit beginners and developers.
Available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the Blocks app can be downloaded from Steam and the Oculus Store.
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