Press release (unearthed by Ogle Earth, via 3pointd): Whirlpool offers 3-D models in the Google 3D warehouse; architects and design professionals can now include Whirlpool and Gladiator brand appliances within their 3-D visualization designs. More than 120 top U.S. design firms currently use Google SketchUp for 3-D design and visualization. As the Google 3D Warehouse expands the number of 3-D objects available for designers, Whirlpool Corporation plans to expand its 3-D appliance model offerings to include Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Maytag and Amana brands."
Earlier, I wrote on Brands in Games about Ikea furniture models surfacing up in the 3D Warehouse, but apparently Whirlpool either has made the official move first (Ikea's stuff could be fan-made) or has better PR people. Ogle Earth quips: "I wouldn't be surprised if you'll be able to push a "buy" button in SketchUp and have your inventory of virtual home furniture materialize on your doorstep."
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