It will soon be possible to build your own world. Blocks, a new virtual reality (VR) app developed by Google, will allow users to immerse themselves within a 3D existence.
Digi-Capital’s Augmented/Virtual Reality report 2017 states that the AR/VR market will generate around $108 billion by 2021, and is one of the fastest developing industries in the world.
Google claims they have created the commercial answer to a working knowledge of 3D modeling software. It doesn’t take a computer genius to use Blocks, it’s made with the everyday user in mind.
Creators have developed six simple functions: Stroke, Shape, Paint, Grab, Modify and Erase so the user can come to grips with building and modifying the world around them. By using these functions, users can create both simple and intricate models that can be used in other applications.
Blocks links to either the Oculus Rift VR or HTC Vive headsets to transport the participant into a 3D planet, with the ability to create objects which can be transported to other realms.
According to Google, developers will be able to easily transport the models they create to other VR or augmented reality (AR) applications, or be shared on websites and social media.
Google Blocks; Easy to Build VR Worlds
“Right now, the time it takes to handcraft 3D objects is so cumbersome, it’s almost impossible to do,” Jason Toff, Product Manager for Google’s VR creativity efforts, said. “What we’re doing is saying, OK, rather than having to learn about specularity and textures and lighting, let’s just boil it down to the most essential colors and shapes and see how far you can get.”
According to one Wired.com writer, users can go far with this app. A VR virgin can confidently design a decent snowman in about 90 seconds, after a brief tutorial. “It’s a blast to use, and yes, like Tilt Brush, it’s an excellent introduction to VR,” the writer states.
Experts say Blocks can become one of the most important commercial AR/VR creation tools on the market, that can extend across brands, applications, software and technologies.
Animated GIFs are becoming one of the most important parts of social media today, and Blocks can even help create those, according to Small Business Trends.
Digi-Capital’s Augmented/Virtual Reality report 2017 states that the AR/VR market will generate around $108 billion by 2021, and is one of the fastest developing industries in the world. It’s a market that is growing and businesses are taking advantage of not only generating revenue but also creating groundbreaking technologies.
In the future, content will play a crucial role in the success of any application. The best, latest and innovative designs will push humanity forward and the wonders we can create at the touch of a button will become almost unimaginable.
VR and AR applications have already become big money makers, not only in the commercial and games sphere but also in business and government sectors. They can also help provide organizations with training facilities, security support, advertising and much more.
It takes Bold Ideas like these to push innovation forward and to create a better more sophisticated world, so that we can create worlds of our own.