Google Blocks makes VR design easy
Google has launched a new VR modelling software called Blocks which makes 3D design easy. Google Blocks, which is available for free in the Oculus Store and Steam, helps users design for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
It helps users to avoid the complexity of trying to design 3D objects on a 2D screen – a challenge which does not come naturally to the human brain, according to Jason Toff, group product manager at Google. “It takes complex software and a specific skill-set to create compelling VR and AR experiences. That software also requires building 3D objects on a 2D screen—something our brains aren’t wired to do,” Toff said in a blog post. “It occurred to us that creating the objects while in virtual reality could make this easier. So we developed Blocks, a VR app for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift that lets you easily create beautiful, 3D objects in no time.”
Blocks, as its name suggests, has been designed to feel “more like playing with children’s blocks than working with traditional 3D modeling software”, Toff said.
Users start designing with a simple set of shapes, a color palette, and an intuitive set of tools which allows tthem to quickly create anything from a piece of watermelon to a forest scene. When a 3D design is ready, it can be exported as an OBJ to use in whatever AR or VR apps the user is developing. Designs can also be shared to the web.
Toff also encouraged readers to explore other people’s creations at vr.google.com/objects