The commercial versions of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are already out in the market and priced in retail at 600 and 800 USD respectively. These headsets are an impressive piece of technology and show a glimpse of incredible future. But as of now not everyone can afford to own one, since these headsets also require a High-end PC(laptop/computer) which prices to a minimum of 1500 USD. For these reasons, the mobile virtual reality (VR) would have the upper hand in the market, at least for next few years. To experience mobile VR, one needs a decent smartphone and a Google Cardboard, which costs around 300INR or 5 USD! But what is a Google Cardboard?
Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a smartphone. Named for its fold-out cardboard viewer, the platform is intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR applications. Users can either build their own viewer from simple, low-cost components using specifications published by Google, or purchase a pre-manufactured one. The viewer is used by placing a smartphone into the back of it and viewing through the lenses in the front.
The platform was created by David Coz and Damien Henry, Google engineers at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris, in their 20% “Innovation Time Off”. It was introduced at the Google I/O 2014 developers conference, where a Cardboard viewer was given away to all attendees. Here are some stats provided by Google as of January 2016:
- 5 million Cardboard fans have joined the fold.
- Q4′ 2015, launched into 10 million more immersive app experiences:
- Since Google launched Cardboard Camera in December, more than 750,000 VR photos were captured, letting people relive their favorite moments anytime, from anywhere.
You can get a free cardboard by installing IRA VR app and sharing it with 5 of your friends(active installations). Here’s an image of our Cardboard! We would be shipping it soon to the winners!
Some cool applications for google cardboard:
- Cardboard : Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. The Cardboard app helps you launch your favorite VR experiences, discover new apps, and set up a viewer.
- Cardboard Camera : Cardboard Camera takes VR photos—moments in time you can relive in virtual reality. Hear the sounds as they happened, and look around to see the scene in every direction. VR photos are 3D, so near things look near and far things look far. Whether it’s a vacation getaway or a family get-together, VR photos bring you back to that moment.
- TrinusVR : TrinusVR connects your Android phone to your PC, so you can play your favorite PC games in virtual reality (VR). We use the sensors in your phone for head tracking to give you a great VR gaming experience with a wallet-friendly price tag.
- IRA VR : IRA curates some of the best Virtual Reality content from categories ranging from ‘K-12’ to ‘Science & Technology’ with a host of other unique Experiential Learning applications.
This is just the beginning you can do a lot of other cool stuff with google cardboard, like watching movies in a virtual theater with your friends while sitting at home, enjoying live matches from the front row of a stadium, go on virtual trips with your family! Keep in touch for more update on Virtual Reality and IRA VR!