Google makes VR development easier, thanks to Tilt Brush toolkit


Google has now made its popular VR app Tilt Brush more widely appreciable to developers, especially those on the 2D spectrum, but making the entire toolkit completely open source.

The new toolkit will help 2D artists transition their work to 3D. Google also has their own Tilt Brush Artist in Residence program which brings different artists from numerous disciplines to apply themselves in new VR environments. It’ll help these artists better adapt to the world of 3D and Virtual Reality a lot faster. Essentially, artists can create images for animation, sequencing and interaction. So far, all of these features aren’t easily exported to a 3D interactive VR environment, which is what the toolkit aims to address.

Along with the toolkit will come the Unity SDK and a number of Python scripts for users to make us of. A few examples made by the toolkit are also found in there so users can know exactly what they’re dealing with and what to expect when they start developing, according to a report by Android Headlines.

The first sample on the kit is an exploration game with quite a few effects. It’s got arrows and also teleportation, made in the Tilt Brush. For this game, lighting will be the main focus that users will be able to play around with experiment with. The second example is another game – a racing game which is more focused on the physics that the toolkit will be capable of imitating. Of course, these will need a VR headset to fully appreciate.

Because the toolkit is free, we can expect some brand new unique content headed on platforms like YouTube and Steam Greenlight. There’s no telling what developers can accomplish with this and since it’ll be more accessible for viewers now, a lot more people will now be able to stream VR content as well. Those who’ve used the Oculus Rift will have a lot more to do thanks to their touch controllers that can act as paint brushes.

The toolkit is available on GitHub and those who have used it and want to show off their work, can tag their projects with the hashtag #TiltBrush, the best of which will be featured on their Twitter handle @googlevr.


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