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Google Blocks Makes 3D Modeling Accessible To Anyone With An Oculus Rift Or HTC Vive VR Headset

7 July 2017, 10:32 am EDT By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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Ever wanted to take 3D modeling out for a spin? If so, then all you need is the new VR app Google Blocks — and an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset.

Put simply, Google is taking all the complexities and whatnot required in 3D modeling out of the picture. More than that, it's offering the whole package in an immersive way.

Google Blocks Lets Everyone Create 3D Models

With the VR app, Google wants anyone to just pick up their headsets and create 3D models, providing them with a plethora of tools to make works of art in the VR space, from watermelons (pictured above) to giant mechanical robots.

Google even assures users that anyone can bring to life whatever they've set out to do, even if it's their first time dabbling with 3D modeling.

"Blocks is simple enough for anyone to use, even those without any prior modeling experience. It's designed to feel more like playing with children's blocks than working with traditional 3D modeling software. Starting with a simple set of shapes, a color palette, and an intuitive set of tools, you're able to naturally and quickly create almost anything you can imagine, from a piece of watermelon to a whole forest scene," Google says.

After wrapping up your masterpiece, you can share it online to show it off to your friends and family.

It's worth mentioning that Google already released a similar VR app before, and it's called Tilt Brush, which lets users paint in a VR space.

Google Blocks Needs An Oculus Rift Or HTC Vive VR Headset

The Oculus Rift or HTC Vive isn't exactly among the most accessible devices, not to mention that it needs to be paired with a pretty decent computer. In other words, price is probably the only factor that'll hold back users from jumping into the 3D-modeling experience, but there are affordable options when it comes to prebuilt PCs, though.

For what it's worth, Google Blocks is bringing the opportunity to the table free of charge.

Now Google Blocks is available via Steam and the Oculus store. Take note that it requires at least an Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350, 4 GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290, and 1 GB of free hard disk space.

With all said and done, are you as excited as we are to take Google Blocks out for a whirl? If so, feel free to hit us up in the comments section below and let us know.

Don't forget to check out Google's online gallery to get a closer look at what's in store, as well as the video below to see the VR app in action:

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