Yesterday, Google announced Blocks by Google. The free app for Rift and Vive allows you to to create 3D objects from within a headset. So, I popped on a Rift and started playing.
And I completely lost track of an hour! However, I do have three “creations” to show for it: a martini and a very abstract-looking wave (in preparation of my upcoming vacation!), and a very scary-looking person (who sort of looks like the characters from that cartoon Rocket Power).
I’m already a huge fan of Tilt Brush, but Blocks is also a lot of fun. The app allows users to build low-poly 3D assets with a handful of simple tools.
According to Google, Blocks is supposed to feel–and rightly so–more like “playing with children’s blocks than working with traditional 3D modeling software. After watching the tutorial (which doesn’t cover some of the features) and a bit of play time, it really is intuitive and quite unlimited. Well, limited only by imagination, artistic skill and time available.
It’s also cool that you can export your creations as OBJ files to use in AR and VR projects, but you can also share them to the web as an animated gif. They can also be imported into other programs, like Tilt Brush and modeling programs for further modification or even 3D printing!
I will definitely be spending more time in Blocks in the near future. Stay tuned for more freaky faces!