Google’s Latest Offering is a Piece of Cardboard?
Well, yes and no. You may have already seen images of the Google Cardboard™ floating around on the internet if not click here. Using the free demo app available for Android 4.1 and later, Google Cardboard™ creates a VR headset that is sensitive to your head movement and moves the images on screen accordingly. The headset app uses full mot uses full motion tracking for movement, 2 magnets to trick the compass of your phone to act as a mouse click, and the images are 3D. My favorite feature in the Cardboard™ App is Google Earth, it was there, through the app, I flew through Bryce Canyon in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Unlike Facebook’s Oculus Rift, which was purchased for $2 Billion dollars and will cost consumers $350, Google’s Cardboard™ is roughly $20 in parts including s&h and its viewer template is available in both a printout and laser cutter format free of charge so all of us DIY’ers out there can build it at home. Is this a stab at Facebook or is it Google trying to get developers excited about VR and augmented reality technologies? I’d say a little at both.
If you’d like to make your own Cardboard™ headset Click HERE. Google has included parts links on their page.