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Google Cardboard – Virtual Reality on your SmartPhone

Google Cardboard Concept was introduced by Google in its recent tech conference Google I/O 2014, which makes Virtual Reality on your Smart Phone and its a low-cost Virtual Reality. Along with lot of new apps/upgrades Google introduced Cardboard. In this post i covered more information about Cardboard concept from Google.

What is Google Cardboard?

Google Cardboard is a concept which makes Virtual reality on your smart phone. Using your smart phone, special lenses and cardboard you can make your own VR device.

Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smart phone to drive VR experiences and the result is “Cardboard”

– Google Said on Cardboard Project’s page.

Cardboard works with most modern Android phones, which is running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or above. Ideally they should support NFC too. Checkout the list of phones tested with cardboard by Google

Can i built my own?
Yes you can built your own VR viewer using the items in your home, garage or any local stores.

Hardware Requirements to Built own VR Viewer:

  • Cardboard
  • Lenses
  • Magnets
  • Velcro
  • Rubber band
  • NFC tag [optional]
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Scissors, an X-acto knife, or access to a laser cutter.

Download the Cardboard Deisgn Files.


Software Requirements:
We’ve created a tutorial and provided documentation to get you started. Because this SDK is experimental, it won’t receive the same level of support as core Android SDK’s and libraries – Google Said. Checkout the software documentation for more info.

Download Android App:
After inserting your device with the cardboard hardware, you have launch the Cardboard Android app to start using it. Download the Cardboard Android App from Play Store.

     OS : Requires Android 4.1 or above
     Size : 188 MB

Cardboard on Google Chrome:
You can also experience the Cardboard on Chrome for Desktop. Select the experiments and you can see a preview. Go to VR Chrome Experiments and experience it.

What to do with Cardboard App on your smart phone?

  • Earth: Fly where your fancy takes you on Google Earth.
  • Tour Guide: Visit Versailles with a local guide.
  • YouTube: Watch popular YouTube videos on a massive screen.
  • Exhibit: Examine cultural artifacts from every angle.
  • Photo Sphere: Look around the photo spheres you’ve captured.
  • Street Vue: Drive through Paris on a summer day.
  • Windy Day: Follow the story (and the hat) in this interactive animated short from Spotlight Stories.

Checkout Video about Cardboard on  Google I/O 2014:


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