Google launches VR and AR object library called ‘Poly’

Google has launched Poly, a digital library where virtual and augmented reality devs can find and download 3D objects for use in their apps.

The platform was built from the ground up with AR and VR development in mind, and is has been fully integrated with Google’s Tilt Brush and Blocks object creation software.

Better yet, it’s also compatible with the Google ARCore and Apple ARKit and frameworks, meaning devs from outside of the Google ecosystem can also reap the rewards.

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Google launches ARCore augmented reality SDK

Google has launched a new devkit called ARCore to help budding creators start making augmented reality experiences of their own.

In a nutshell, ARCore is a platform for building augmented reality apps on Android. It uses three key technologies to integrate virtual content with the real world — as seen though your smartphone camera.

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Daydream Labs experiments with teaching skills in VR

Daydream Labs recently experimented with teaching skills in VR using a training prototype that asked users to slip on a headset and learn to make coffee using an espresso machine.

Software Engineer at Google VR Ian MacGillivray espressed in a blog post that while people learned faster and better inside of VR as opposed to individuals who were trained by watching YouTube tutorials, using coffee for the experiment may have bean a mistake.

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Google Glass is back, but this time it’s eyeing up the workplace

Over two years after the project was shelved due to privacy and safety concerns, Google Glass has been revived and repurposed specifically for the workplace.

The new version of Google’s high-tech wearable has been christened Glass Enterprise Edition, and will be sold directly to businesses keen to equip workers with a hands-free workplace assistant.

Even though Glass is now targeting the business sector, Google hasn’t nixed the idea of Glass making an eventual return to the consumer market.

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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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Google experiments with ad formatting in VR

 

In a recent post made to the Google Developer’s Blog, it was revealed that the company’s experimental workshop Area 120 has been working on implementing ad formats designed for mobile VR.

The project comes as a response over developer concern over making money to fund future VR applications, with the goal being to create a non-disruptive, easy way for developers to implement ad experiences.

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Speaker Q&A: Tilt Brush’s Patrick Hackett

Co-creators of Tilt Brush Patrick Hackett and Drew Skillman will be at VRDC Fall 2017 to present their talk, Three Years of Tilt Brush, where they will discuss the origins of the popular VR application and how it came be developed. Here, Hackett gives us a bit of background on himself and Skillman, and offers his thoughts on the broader VR market.

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VRDC: Tell us about yourself and your work in VR/AR

Drew and I are veterans of the game industry, Double Fine Productions being our alma mater.  At Double Fine we spent a good amount of time exploring game concepts with non-traditional hardware and we’re really excited about the Oculus Rift Kickstarter and the industry’s push toward VR.  We left Double Fine in 2014 to form a VR design and consulting company where, in addition to a series of various prototypes, came up with the idea for Tilt Brush, a VR painting application.

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MLB’s At Bat app will soon be VR-compatible on Google Daydream

Baseball fans may not be able to virtually step up to the plate just yet, but Major League Baseball will be providing a new way for viewers to experience live-streamed sports events with VR features.

MLB’s At Bat app is a subscription service that includes features like video library archives to interactive rosters for every team. A VR accessible version of the app will be available on June 1st for Google Daydream and Android devices.

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Google’s VR boss ponders the future of “immersive computing”

In a Medium post, Google VP of virtual and augmented reality Clay Bavor reflects on the trials and triumphs of VR and AR development over the past year.

Bavor highlights Google’s experience with releasing the mobile VR platform Daydream, while also reflecting on Google Tango-based devices that are introducing new ways of experiencing smartphone-based AR.

He goes on to wonder: Where are VR and AR technology headed?

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Google unveils Tango-based Visual Positioning System

During Google’s I/O conference, VP of virtual and augmented reality Clay Bavor announced the Visual Positioning Service, a new augmented reality service that essentially brings the functionality of Google Maps indoors.

The implications are fascinating, as a video from Road to VR demonstrates. Using Google Tango, a platform that measures motion and position in the real world, VPS maps out a device’s immediate surroundings and positioning indoors — a functionality that could have major impact on AR’s commercial and personal use.

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