KitBash3D is a new asset store specialising in collections of architectural models of a specific style. At launch kits include Arabic, Gothic, Art Deco and Neo Tokyo. Models are provided in .MA, .OBJ, and .FBX format with UVs and textures. Each kit's cost $199 and free samples are available to try. Find out more on KitBash3D's website.
The Blender Foundation has released a significant update to its open source 3D software. New features include: enhanced Alembic I/O, improved PBR shaders (based on the Disney principled model, making it compatible with Substance Painter, Unreal Engine and Renderman), denoiser, "Filmic" color management for better handling of HDR, Shadow Catcher, various useful additions to Grease Pencil, new modeling and animation tools, fast OpenCL rendering on AMD GPUs and the incorporation of a number of add-ons in the base application, such as Dynamic Sky, Archipack parametric modeler, Magic UV, etc. (more...)
Google has granted Blender Foundation seven projects this year. These include: Fluid guiding and secondary particle systems, Improvement of Vertex Painting, Normal Editing Tools, Python Package Manager, Sculpting Tools: additive Silhouette Brush, Sculpting Tools: Clipping brush, Topological Grab/Move brush, Suggestive Contour Brush. More on Blender's website.
BBC Click has published an interesting video demonstrating ILM's new facial motion capture technology that is able to preview actors performances in real time alongside traditional body capture. It works by comparing simplified live data to pre-recorded high resolution 3D captures of the actor. Watch it on YouTube.
Sweden-based ManoMotion has announced the integration of Apple's ARKit into its SDK, bringing gestural interaction and hand tracking to augmented reality without the need for additional hardware. The ManoMotion SDK enables users to manipulate objects in AR space across depth with the left or right hand. It also supports predefined gestures such as pointing, pushing, pinching swiping etc for interaction with virtual elements. Integration is initially available for Unity IOS, with support for Native IOS and Android's ARCore coming soon. You can read more about this news ManoMotion's website.