Tilt Brush

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Tilt Brush
Developer(s) Google
Initial release ?
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Website www.tiltbrush.com

Tilt Brush is a room-scale 3D painting virtual reality application available from Google, originally developed by Skillman & Hackett.
The Preview Trailer from September 2014 (a 1'47″ video) provides an idea on what TiltBrush was & is.


Demonstration of Tilt Brush at Google Cloud Next 2017.

The application is designed for motion interfaces in virtual reality but also works with keyboard and mouse.[1] Users are presented with a virtual palette from which they can select from a variety of brush types and colors.[2] Movement of the handheld controller in 3D space creates brush strokes that follow in the virtual environment.[3] Users can export their creations as room-scale VR pieces or as animated GIF images.[4]


TiltBrush was developed by Skillman & Hackett, and was in 2014 nominated for four Proto Awards (namely: "Best Interaction Design", "Most Innovative", "Best Overall Virtual Reality Application", and "Best GUI"), of which it won the "Best GUI" award. [5] [6]
Google acquired TiltBrush in 2015, as announced 16.Apr.2015 [7].
TiltBrush was released for the HTC Vive at its launch on 5.Apr.2016, at no cost when pre-ordering the HTC Vive.[8][9]. On February 24, 2017, Tilt VR announced it is now available on both Oculus Rift and Vive.[10]


Ars Technica referred to Tilt Brush as the HTC Vive's killer app,[11] praising the program's intuitive interface and the excitement of painting in three dimensions.[12] Edward Baig of USA Today said that the program was the only one that excited him in the platform's launch lineup.[13] Chris Suellentrop of The New York Times wrote that the program was better suited for beginners than more engineering-oriented experiences like Fantastic Contraption.[14] In 2018, Tilt Brush was employed for the first time in mixed reality news reporting by the NBC News studio NBC Left Field.[15]

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  1. ^ Flaherty, Joseph (November 19, 2014). "A Wild Look at What It's Like to Paint Inside an Oculus Rift". Wired. 
  2. ^ "Google's Tilt Brush: Now paint 3D images in virtual space and walk around them too". The Indian Express. Tech Desk. May 16, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  3. ^ Carmichael, Joe (May 26, 2016). "Is Google's Tilt Brush the Future of Art, a Legal Acid Trip, or a Gimmick?". Inverse. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  4. ^ Seppala, Timothy J. (September 24, 2014). "Tilt Brush is a virtual reality app that lets you paint with light". Engadget. 
  5. ^ . https://web.archive.org/web/20150101180142/http://www.tiltbrush.com:80/.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  6. ^ . https://web.archive.org/web/20150206003158/http://protoawards.com:80/.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  7. ^ https://www.roadtovr.com/google-acquires-tilt-brush-developer-and-thrive-audio-to-add-to-vr-team/
  8. ^ Dale, Laura Kate (April 4, 2016). "Review: Tilt Brush". Destructoid.com. 
  9. ^ Kuchera, Ben (March 18, 2016). "Here's why Google's Tilt Brush may be virtual reality's killer app". Polygon.com. 
  10. ^ Welch, Chris (2017-02-21). "Google's incredible Tilt Brush VR app is now on Oculus Rift". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  11. ^ Sam Machkovech (2016-04-05). "Learning how to VR with Tilt Brush, HTC Vive's killer app". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  12. ^ Sam Machkovech (2015-09-12). "How a Disney artist's deceptive VR demo still heralds a new digital art future". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  13. ^ Baig, Edward C. (2016-04-10). "HTC Vive: amazing VR, real world challenges". USA Today. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  14. ^ Suellentrop, Chris (March 19, 2016). "7 Virtual Reality Highlights From the Game Developers Conference". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ NBC Left Field (2018-03-08), Why There’d Be No Time Zones Without Trains | NBC Left Field, retrieved 2018-05-02 

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