Android Head, Sundar Pichai, asked people who attended, to grab a cardboard before they left the Google IO keynote. Everybody was thinking what was up with the guy, and Google, asking for something like that. As weird as it sounded at first, Pichai was actually dead serious about what he asked people to do. Turns out, he was referring the ?Cardboard?. It is an extremely basic virtual reality viewer that the search engine giant developed in-house.
Creating the thing by yourself will involve some folding, cutting, gluing and inserting your own smartphone inside, by yourself. If you go all through these simple steps, you simply breathe life to Google?s first VR headset.
Cardboard is a very simple Virtual Reality headset project that is described as, ?no frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset?. This exact description can be seen on Google Developers? page. Along with the announcement of the DIY ?hardware? (which is not so hard in reality), Google also announced about launching an open software toolkit that will let people create VR apps for phones and tablets.
Cardboard?s possible aim might be, to make way for an easier access and development approach to virtual reality. Would this DIY project going to make Oculus Rift get a run for its money? We?ll see.
Creating the Cardboard is pretty simple. All you?ll be needing can be obtained almost anywhere.
- A cardboard box
- Rubber Band
- A smartphone running on Android 4.2
- The Cardboard app which you can download here
Once you are able to insert the phone inside the DIY headset, you? can run the app and you?ll be able to access a number of demos that utilizes the VR idea, like Google Earth or YouTube.
As of right now, devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Moto X, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Nexus works perfectly with the app.
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