Google Cardboard

My Google Cardboard came in today! Google Cardboard is a cheap alternative to Virtual Reality. It could be called the “Oculus Thrift”. It is exactly what it sounds like; a cardboard box that holds your phone in place with a couple of eye lenses that magnify your phone’s screen for each eye. I got to open it up and try it out and I was pleased with the experience! Obviously we’re not talking about a technologically advanced experience here but the experience is there and it’s worth trying out! It’s a great way for anyone wanting to try out VR without spending an arm and a leg. The motion tracking in this case is just the phone’s accelerometers that can guess your direction of view. It was a little shaky for me (it’s likely my own jitters from too much coffee) but it was accurate and enjoyable. There’s no strap to hold it onto your head so you have to hold it up yourself but for $14.99 you can’t beat the price of getting a slice of the VR experience and like the Rift there are plenty of free VR Apps and 360 Videos to try out there. And with a 5┬ámillion user install base it isn’t a bad market for a $0.99 App either!

The Packaging

The Packaging

 

The box

The box

 

Opening

Opening

 

The Google Cardboard viewer

The Google Cardboard viewer

 

Thomas

I’m a Software Developer.