Meet Poly: Google’s Library of Free 3D Objects for AR and VR Apps
Virtual Reality has been one of the biggest highlights of Google’s efforts towards the future of technology. The company is working proactively on the development of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence. There have been a number of developments in this such as ARCore among others. Google has now introduced a library of free 3D objects for AR and VR app developers to make use of. This library has been named ‘Poly’.
The objects included in Poly, Google’s library for free 3D resources, include things as simple as a plant or a bird going all the way to more detailed, complex objects such as Wonder Woman! Poly has been built keeping in mind the needs of AR and VR developers and this will make it easy for them to find certain objects which they need not create from scratch and can build upon.
Google has been working in collaboration with a number of artists for the creation of thousands of objects which would cover a wide range of things – going all the way from a can of whipped cream to an iceberg. Everything on Poly can be used for free of cost unlike other platforms where creators can sell their objects.
What is interesting here is the design style of many elements. A majority of the 3D objects and elements on Poly come with that distinct polygon-like design style which Google is known for. These objects are created in Blocks, which is Google’s VR 3D Object Creation App. Moreover, this design style also ensures that the objects can easily be run because of the simple rendering.
The objects available in Poly are platform independent and can be used by developers in any platform, be it Google’s ARCore or Apple’s ARKit. This is a good move from Google and will help many beginners and new app developers get into the 3D and VR space. While most high end developers prefer to develop their objects and styles from scratch, so that they maintain a distinct look, Poly is indeed a good starting ground for many developers!