Google's I/O developer conference has had a large number of announcements, some a little more interesting than the others. Then there are some that are down-right strange - at least at first. Google's "Cardboard" easily falls into that category. Imagine sitting at I/O, watching a keynote, and then being told to pick up some cardboard on the way out. You might begin to think that Google had lost it.
Well, that really did happen, and event-goers were handed a sheet of corrugated cardboard on their way out of the auditorium. Of course, this wasn't an ordinary piece of cardboard - it could be unfolded, and reconstructed into a Virtual Reality housing unit for an Android smartphone. It's easy to jump to conclusions that this is a Google Glass for "normies", as Peter Griffin would put it, but it's actually quite a bit different.
The most interesting thing about Cardboard is that it's designed to be built from easy-to-source items - items that can be found around your house, or at the local hardware store. Google provides design files to make things easier. Here's what the parts should look like once all laid out:
And here's what it looks like once all constructed, and the time comes to insert the phone:
Finally, the finished product:
A device like this would be useless without an app, so don't worry, Google has one. With it, you can take a tour of earth through Google Earth, watch YouTube videos on a "massive screen", walk down the street with Street View, and partake in some other fun activities. Because the app will take advantage of a phone's head-tracking capabilities, you might be able to understand why this solution could be so immersive.
As you'd expect, Google's releasing a VR Toolkit for Cardboard so that developers can begin creating some interesting experiences.
What do you think? Are you raring to build one of these things?
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I'm probably going to try this but no promises... I'm Lazy...
Might be a cheaper alternative to the Oculus Rift.
Hey, that's pretty cool.
Funny and neat idea, maybe i'll give it a try :D. Now time to go grab some cardboard :D.
anyone know how much and where i can buy the lens? amazon is sold out...
I did find one that is 25mm with 40mm focal but its $35 for one O.o. the durovis dive is only like $80
Interesting idea, now we just need someone to sell cardboard kits with all the cutting and measuring done for us.
You rang.. http://www.dodocase.com/products/google-cardboard-vr-goggle-toolkit
Even better digitaldd, can't believe i just paid 25 bucks for some cardboard... :P
BTW if you guys like, use this link for 15% off and if i get enough reward for another one i'll give it to someone free. http://curebit.com/x/xpujgP
Hey my GF just paid $50 for moving boxes, same deal cardboard costs money.
I have found shop where you could buy a KIT. Free delivery in Europe.
Truely, Google Cardboard VR is very cheap alternative to Oculus. I found its price to be $24.99 on this website..... http://www.googlecardboard.com/. I'll be buying it soon.
I just bought the Google VR Cardboard with NFC tag at $24.99 from www.googlecardboard.comThese people are selling Google Cardboard VR device online with free shipping worldwide. Also, they are selling the parts and card board separately at reasonable prices.
Pretty neat though still. Thanks for the links guys! I'm gonna give these a look.
I bought google Cardboard from http://www.pcardboard.com
Free delivery and high quality.
Right now , you can get a google cardboard full kit $9.98 : )