Friday, 23 February, 2018

Google goes head to head with Microsoft for heart of 3D creators

Poly: Browse, discover and download 3D objects and scenes - Google Blog Google follows in Microsoft's footsteps with its new Remix 3D-like community Poly
Theresa Hayes | 02 November, 2017, 11:58

Web giant Google has unveiled a new resource called Poly, a searchable database full of all sorts of 3D objects and scenery, made to help with augmented reality and virtual reality development.

Built for development kits like Google's own ARCore, or Apple's ARKit, Poly allows anyone to upload or view 3D objects in a mobile or desktop browser. Or, perhaps it's Google's desire to keep Poly a hobbyist community, similar to Microsoft's Remix 3D. Out of the box, Google claims Poly will support Wavefront OBJ and we can assume the company will expand its support platform in the near future to include FBX, STL, PLY and 3MF like Remix 3D now does.

The Poly Object library features thousands of 3D models, from basic shapes through to fully rendered scenes. It's also somewhat reminiscent of Microsoft's Remix 3D website which picked up a number of new functions back in August. The objects range from simple, like a tree, through to more advanced objects such as Batman all of which can be downloaded and used in apps, or shared in Daydream or even as a GIF.

Google's 3D object sharing platform isn't a barren land for everyday users; they can browse everything from a rocket ship to an ice-cream cone and create lovely GIFs out them which can be used elsewhere.

It's an all-you-can-eat Creative Commons buffet as Google is focused (for now at least) on building a discovery platform stocked with freebies rather than one filled with creators hocking their 3D objects for cash.