Google’s Poly offers VR developers a new way to add 3D objects to their apps

Google is continuing to support the creation of VR and AR apps for developers. In addition to its Cardboard and Daydream platforms, the company is now launching Poly, a new service designed to give developers quick ways to find and download 3D objects for use in their apps.

The service begins with the new Poly website, which offers developers access to thousands of free 3D models. Everything from pirates to hamburgers to laptops are available to download and can be added to VR and AR apps. Some of the models on the site can also be redesigned, such as adding a couple of extra arms to a space alien. The site will automatically credit and link to the original 3D model when developers publish their new version.

The models can also be used inside established developer tools, including the popular Tilt Brush software. You can view each 3D model in a PC or mobile browser before you download and use it in your app. You can even view each model in VR by wearing a Daydream View or Google Cardboard headset.

This new service represents just the latest developer-themed move into VR and AR for Google. Several weeks ago, the company also revealed its plans for ARCore, its AR-based software development platform. Poly models can also be used for AR apps that access Apple’s rival ARKit platform.


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