VRClay – Sculpting the Future with Virtual Reality
Creativity is reaching new heights with the usage of virtual reality and certain apps being launched. One of these apps is called “VRClay” and is being used for sculpting in virtual reality.
Artists and designers dream of a world where they can construct whatever they want using their hands. This is not always possible in the real world but with the advent of virtual reality, especially the headset developed by Oculus Rift, this might not be an entirely impossible option. To afford designers more leverage with their work, VRClay has recently been launched. This application lets the user draw in the air and sculpt whatever you want with just your hands signaling motions. This is all done through putting on the Oculus Rift headset for virtual reality and using Razer Hydra gaming controllers. VRClay also affords the user to create an intuitive 3D model within a building space, which very much mimics real life sculpting and design.
The creative fun doesn’t stop here; VRClay is being paired with a 3D printer to make the sculptures and designs fully functional. The Czech company responsible for VRClay is working out the final process that will allow flawless 3D printing after using the application but there are still some technical issues to sort out. The developing team has been testing out the app with the printer and is also testing it throughout to make it usable sooner rather than later. Certain tools crucial to sculpting and design have been made compatible with VRClay. Some of these are build up, push, pull, smooth, flatten, and drag tools. The developers also added an option to symmetrically mirror an object along with quick tools for rotation and zooming. The user can also walk around whatever object he or she is sculpting in the building space.
This is not the first groundbreaking virtual reality technology to hit the creative circles, but it is definitely one that demands to be noticed. VRClay is compatible with Oculus Rift’s virtual reality headset along with both the development kits (DK1 and DK2). The whole app is basically about getting the chance to handle raw clay with your own hands and sculpting whatever you want with it. The developers are planning on refining the app and adding some more tools which will make further manipulation of the sculpture even easier. Virtual Reality Times will keep up with the progress on VRClay and report back with the latest updates.