Google brings 3D Blocks to make modelling easier

By Sricharan R Published on Jul 12, 2017 03:11 PM IST

Chennai: Google has recently unveiled its new 3D-modelling tool called Blocks. This is to simplify the process of creating compelling Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences.

As of now the new tool is developed for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets and works by allowing users to create a 3D object on a virtual 3D canvas.

Google says that Blocks intuitive tools make it far simpler to create 3D assets than working with traditional modeling software, it is also set up a gallery where you can see other users work to get some inspiration.

To much of everyone's surprise the new modelling app is not available on Google’s own Daydream platform that runs on high end phones with a headset and handheld controller. Bringing this to the Daydream would would certainly make the tool a bit more accessible and will change the way people see the virtual world.

Google has previously launched Tilt Brush, a VR app that lets you paint in space. It will be interesting to see if the company goes further to create more ways to democratise the creation of VR content with tools like this. Blocks is available free on the Oculus Store and on Steam.

Blocks is designed in a way that anyone without any prior modelling experience can use and feel more like playing with children's blocks than working with traditional 3D modeling software.

The app gives you simple things starting with a simple set of shapes, a colour palette and an intuitive set of tools, a user would be able to quickly create almost anything they can imagine from a piece of watermelon to a whole city.

After the user is finished with the 3D model, the file can be exported in OBJ format to use in AR or VR apps they are developing. Google has also set up a page where Block users designs are showcased.