VR: Google open source its VR painting app


Google has made its virtual-reality painting tool open source, offering it to community creators instead of shutting it down. The VR painting app goes by the name of Tilt Brush.


Google’s Tilt Brush VR app

The Tilt Brush app allows users to “paint” sculptures in three-dimensional space while wearing VR headsets. The app first launched in 2016. During the launching, a community of artist sprang up around its unique feature set. 

According to Google, they have now announced that they are going to discontinue the work on the app. However, Google will make the code available to the public. In other words, Google is effectively letting anyone with the knowledge to make their own version of the app.


Comments toward the app


Patrick Hackett, co-creator of Tilt Brush.

Patrick Hackett, who co-created Tilt Brush before it was acquired by Google, in 2015, left Google a few weeks before the announcement.

“To some, this may look like the end of Tilt Brush,” he tweeted when it was made public. 

“To me, this is immortality.” Co-creator of the Farmville game Amitt Mahajan, meanwhile, said Tilt Brush had been “my go-to app for VR demos”.

“Drawing with your hands in 3D space feels natural and quickly establishes how VR is different from other devices you may have used,” he wrote.

“All first-time VR users, young and old, were able to pick it up instantly and see the magic.”


Competing versions

For now, users can still be able to buy the Google version of the Tilt Brush in VR app stores. However, it will no longer receive new feature updates. Tech-savvy users can access the publicly released code and compile their own version of the app. Most importantly, the whole process is completely free. But programmers can bring in new features also means that it could lead to several alternatives and competing versions.




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