Poly
Screenshot of the Poly homepage on May 11, 2018.
Type of site
3D object library
OwnerGoogle
URLpoly.google.com
CommercialNo
RegistrationOptional (Google Account)
LaunchedNovember 1, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-11-01)
Current statusActive

Poly is a website created by Google for users to browse, distribute, and download 3D objects. It is intended to allow creators to easily share and access 3D objects. It features a free library containing thousands of 3D objects for use in virtual reality and augmented reality applications. On December 2nd, 2020, it was announced that Poly would be shutting down on the 30th of June 2021, with the ability to upload 3D models to be suspended on the 30th of April of the same year.[1]

Features

Users can search the Poly model library by specific keywords and upload or download models in the OBJ file format.[2] Most models can be "remixed" using Tilt Brush and Google Blocks application integration; the remixed object is automatically published on Poly with credit and links to the original creator.[3] 3D objects can be viewed using Google Cardboard or Daydream View.[4] Users can also create simple animated GIFs of the objects available for download.

API

On November 30, 2017, Google released the Poly API.[5] It allows developers to easily integrate 3D objects into their projects, and provides users access to the object library while the app itself is running.[6] The API also allows uploading 3D objects directly to Poly with the Poly Upload API.[7] The API can be used for web, Android, and iOS apps, while the Poly Toolkit is required for Unity and Unreal developers.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Poly will be shut down on June 30, 2021. - Poly Help". support.google.com. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  2. ^ Zvinakis, Andrea (November 1, 2017). "Poly: Browse, discover and download 3D objects and scenes". Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Robertson, Adi (November 1, 2017). "Google's new platform helps you build VR and AR apps". The Verge. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Moscaritolo, Angela (November 1, 2017). "Create in AR, VR With Google Poly Object Library". PCMag. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Matney, Lucas (November 30, 2017). "Google expands its 3D objects pipeline for AR/VR with the Poly API". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Poly | Google Developers". Google Developers. November 29, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Google AR & VR". Twitter. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Poly - Google Developer | Poly | Google Developers". Google Developers. Retrieved December 5, 2017.