Microsoft Maquette a tool for prototyping ideas in VR

Microsoft have a new tool in beta for creating immersive prototypes for virtual reality called Maquette. The tool runs in VR with Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

It seems the idea behind the tool is for you to create immersive environments for VR projects from the virtual reality, rather than trying to design a 3D world in a 2D workspace. You use the VR controllers to place and manipulate objects in the 3D work. The app was originally an internal tool for Microsoft designers to use to created mixed reality.

Looking at the documentation it seems you can export the project to FBX or GLTF and then bring the project into Unity so you can use it to create full games or apps. You could also import the FBX file into Windows Mixed Reality and use it as your home environment.

There are video tutorials on the site as well as community page.The app is in closed beta and currently taking signups; I have signed up and am waiting to get access.

Thanks to WinObs for the heads up!

About the author Ian Dixon:
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.

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