Blocks, which was released this past July, allows users to create 3D images - known in Blocks as “mesh” - with a true first-person view. To properly use the app, one must have either the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headset.
With this new update, users are granted even more control over their designs than was available when working with a desktop app, as they are able to use the VR controllers to hand-pick and sculpt different designs to their heart’s content. Prior to the addition of these features, users could only craft their masterpieces in a sunny, dry desert setting.
Monday’s update changes that.
You will now have the option to change your background, with options including a nighttime desert, plain black and plain white. Blocks will also remember your choice for future use.
When it comes to the actual customization of designs, the app improves the functionality of their snapping tool. Blocks now provides users with a guide to show when their objects will be able to snap together when pressed.
“The ability to snap objects, edges and vertices together helps make your creations precise,” said Brittany Mennuti, Project Manager for Google in the company’s statement. “However, we heard that the existing snapping behavior was often unpredictable or difficult to control. To ensure every snap you make does what you expect it to do, we’ve vastly improved our snapping algorithm and introduced a brand new user experience to guide you.”
The app has also now added features requested by users to their labs. While they are only prototype versions, the features include:
As we mentioned, these new features are still prototypes and are subject to bugs, but for those that are looking for the most involved and intuitive way to create models in a 3D VR setting, Google Blocks is taking steps in the right direction.
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