Google’s Makes Its VR Painting App Tilt Brush Now an Open-Source
Google has made its virtual-reality painting tool an open-source now by handing it over to community creators instead of shutting it down. The Tilt Brush app allows users with VR headsets to paint sculptures in a three-dimensional space.
After the launch of the app in 2016, a community of artists leaped around its unique feature set.
Google has said that it is discontinuing work on the app – but also said that it is making the code publicly available. Google is effectively allowing anyone with the knowledge to make their own version of the app which is a rare move for the company.
There is an online catalog of the Google graveyard of projects that it has shut down. And there has been an expression of a big relief from the artists who have created works for the platform.
Patrick Hackett, the co-creator of Tilt Brush left the technology giant a few weeks before the announcement of making it public.
When Tilt Brush was made public Patrick Hackett tweeted, “To some, this may look like the end of Tilt Brush. To me, this is immortality.”
Co-creator of the Farmville game Amitt Mahajan, also favored the move and said that Tilt Brush had been my go-to app for virtual-reality demos.
He even added, “Drawing with hands in 3D space feels natural and it quickly shows how virtual-reality is completely different from other devices you may have used. All first-time VR users, whether young or old, were able to pick it up, start using it instantly, and see the magic. An incredible gift it is.”
Competitors in the 3D painting and modeling space, such as Oculus’s Quill and Adobe Medium, have emerged in the years since Tilt Brush’s release.
Max Weisel a VR researcher whose company was also acquired by Google tweeted, “Tilt Brush shaped so much of the VR ecosystem. Open sourcing the virtual-reality tool is an incredible gift to the community and I hope this means it will live on forever.”
As of now, users can still buy the Google version of the Tilt Brush in VR app stores. Many more tech-savvy users will be able to simply access the publicly released code and compile their own completely functional version of the app for free.
The programmers can bring in new features, which could lead to several alternatives and competing versions. However, the tool will not receive any new feature updates now.