Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard, as Google describes it, "brings immersive experiences to everyone in a simple and affordable way." It's a virtual reality viewer, but it's made out of cheap, affordable cardboard. Usually, a virtual reality viewer like the Oculus VR or the HTC Vive would cost thousands of dollars. However, this viewer allows you to experience virtual reality for no more than $15 USD (~115 HKD).

Google Cardboard was introduced at Google's I/O conference in 2014, where a free Cardboard kit was given out to all people attending the conference. Since it's launch, over 5 million kits have been sold, and 1,000 compatible applications have been published. In fact, if a YouTube video is in 36 p0ยบ, you can turn on Cardboard mode and experience virtual reality right at home without breaking the bank.

The viewer is made out of simple, cheap components. The viewer is made out of cardboard, 45mm focal length lenses, magnets, Velcro patches, a rubber band, and an NFC (near field communication) tag. You can either buy it or assemble it at home with instructions if you have all the materials. The viewer can support phones from lengths 140 mm to 150 mm. Once you have assembled the viewer, you can download various Cardboard compatible apps on to your phone. For example, you could download the default Cardboard app. Once you've opened the app, place the phone inside the viewer in front of the lenses and close the viewer. Once closed, you will experience virtual reality. After that, you'll take an expedition through various sceneries, and it will feel like you're really there.

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