Google just unveiled a new platform for people to browse, discover, and download free 3D objects. Called Poly, the massive database of searchable 3D objects, is aimed at developers creating content for VR, ARCore, and even Apple’s ARKit.
With the rise in the availability of 3D content on the web, the need for sharing platforms for 3D objects has also risen. Microsoft has Remix 3D, which allows users to browse various 3D shapes, make changes to them using apps like Paint3D, and share them. Now, similar to Microsoft initiative, Google has launched their new online community called Poly.
In addition to the vast selection of traditional 3D objects included in the database, Poly also offers access to virtual objects and scenes, and edit them using Google’s apps like Tilt Brush and Blocks. Creators can then remix the project and re-upload it to Poly, where Google automatically adds credit to the original. Users can browse everything from an iceberg to an ice-cream cone and create beautiful GIFs out of them which can be used elsewhere.
The Poly platform supports OBJ file format. Microsoft’s Remix 3D also supports OBJ file format among others, so it would be possible to re-upload 3D objects from Poly on Microsoft’s platform and vice-versa.
Google says this is partially a stylistic choice, but it’s also a great fit for the company’s Daydream VR platform, which is often resource-intensive and will obviously run more efficiently when the objects it’s rendering are a bit simpler.
You can learn more about Google’s Poly and check out awesome 3D stuff here.