Google Blocks allows for low-poly 3D modeling in VR

Google has released the virtual reality app Blocks, which lets users create low-poly 3D models inside of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Group Product Manager at Google VR Jason Toff expresses in a blog post how current 3D modeling software requires users to push past a steep learning curve while also requiring that they build 3D objects on a 2D screen–something “our brains aren’t wired to do”.

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In response, Blocks was developed in the hopes that users could create 3D objects while inside of VR, making it more user friendly. According to the post, the app was designed to feel like playing with children’s blocks rather than working with traditional 3D modeling software.

When finished, users can export their project as an OBJ like any other piece of modeling software and are free to share their creations with other artists. Blocks is available for free at the Oculus Store and Steam.

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