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Sketchfab Strengthens Commitment to Virtual Reality With New Features

Sketchfab Strengthens Commitment to Virtual Reality With New Features
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Sketchfab Strengthens Commitment to Virtual Reality With New Features, Image adapted from screenshot of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane model by Matthew Brennan
Image adapted from screenshot of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane model by Matthew Brennan

Online model sharing site Sketchfab last week announced three new features intended to solidify its position as one of the web's foremost platforms for sharing VR-viewable 3D models online. Originally launched in January of this year, the virtual reality features of Sketchfab's platform have proven to be popular and has even led to Sketchfab being referred to as "the Youtube of VR."

However, with its initial launch Sketchfab's VR capabilities clearly privileged simplicity and a low barrier for entry—the platform was viewable using just a smartphone web browser and basic VR headset such as Google Cardboard, and models required no extra work to make them VR compatible. As a result, Sketchfab's VR platform lacked the features of more high-end systems of viewing VR. With their latest update, Sketchfab has added useful features while keeping barriers to entry low.

The new features launched are:

Teleportation within the model

Previously, moving around a model while in VR mode was impossible without removing the headset and swiping your way around the model with your finger. Now, Sketchfab has implemented a simple "look and click" teleportation system which allows you to position yourself on any flat surface simply by looking at it and clicking the built-in button on Google Cardboard or any other headset.

VR Scene Editor

While Sketchfab automatically enables any model to be viewed in VR, effectively showing a model in VR is a lot more complex than adding stereoscopic vision and a motion tracker. Sketchfab has now added a built-in VR scene editor to the model settings which allows designers to set things such as the correct eye-height to view a model—an indispensable tool for architects wanting to give a realistic experience of interiors.

In-headset browsing

Finally, Sketchfab has added a system to browse their vast library of models without the tedious task of removing the headset between each model. Using the same "look and click" system as the teleportation feature, users can now navigate from within the headset itself.

Find out more about Sketchfab's new features via their blog post.

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Rory Stott
Cite: Rory Stott. "Sketchfab Strengthens Commitment to Virtual Reality With New Features" 04 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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