Google Cardboard: What is it and how you can build your own?

Google I/O has become known for its fairly generous support for developers by handing out gifts to its attendees. As the keynote for I/O 2014 was concluding, attendees became excited with the prospect of leaving Moscone Center with lavish devices like smartphones, laptops, or tablets. Interestingly, Google decided to hand out something a bit more modest this year, when it announced to its attendees that they would be receiving Cardboard. While this left most attendees confused, they soon understood what Google was talking about and why it was a perfect giveaway. 

While you might be shaking your head, Cardboard is actually a fairly neat piece of equipment. Traditionally, in order to experience VR, you’ve had to invest in expensive equipment or experience it at a convention or trade show. Google has brought that experience home, in an inexpensive project that will allow smartphone owners a chance to experience it. Cardboard is a do-it-yourself kit that comes with all the pieces you will need to create your own virtual reality headset. That's right, this simple piece of cardboard, when built, will become a fully functional VR headset. It does this by utilizing your Android device, a couple of very clever, but inexpensive hardware pieces, and a VR app. 

When built, you will be able to experience a handful of VR demos just like people at Google I/O. But, how do you get your hands on this device if you weren't in attendance at I/O? Luckily, Google has made the schematics available so you can create your own at home. First, you must have an Android handset. This works best with a cell phone like the Nexus 5. Next, you will need to purchase a couple of components that are available either online or from your local hardware store. The links to these items are available on Google's Cardboard website. After you've carefully constructed the device, you will slide your phone into the front of the device with the Cardboard VR app installed, and starting experiencing VR on the cheap. 

While this might seem like a fun toy, Google is actually experimenting with VR and is focused on improving the experience. Although this is a small step, it's a giant step for virtual reality that could lead to a whole new movement in VR and how its consumed. By getting virtual reality into more hands, it will create a broader audience that could push the technology to the next level.

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I give props to Google, privacy may be an issue with them but the nice thing about them is that they try and deliver to wide audiences esp those that can't afford it
Regardless of quality, there are truly a lot of people in the world that have to work hard just to purchase an Ipad whereas Google will spread

This cardboard stuff reminds me of a movie i saw a long time back on TV, where the people were living in a VR and all the real world stuff was made of plain cardboard or wood!

Wish I could remember the title of the film and how spooky of google to do this, wonder if they saw the movie too?

It's actually kinda cool. I would still have hated it not getting those new phones and tablets though. But then again the kind of people who go to these things likely have enough cash to buy new phones and tablets anyway without much worry of being to short to pay the bills.

I think its great they didn't hand out loads of freebies. its for developers, I'm sure a lot of people register and go just to try and come up on free product

Vester said,
It's actually kinda cool. I would still have hated it not getting those new phones and tablets though. But then again the kind of people who go to these things likely have enough cash to buy new phones and tablets anyway without much worry of being to short to pay the bills.

They gave away 2 watches though,these watches aren't even available anywhere else right now.

I think 2012 I/O was the most notable with Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Asus Nexus 7, Nexus Q, Samsung Chromebox. 2013 was also pretty good with a Chromebook Pixel. Both of those years items could easily offset the price of a tix, this years goodies, not even close. The watches will release in a week give or take.

Vonauda said,
Yet another service they will block on Windows Phone.

GOOGLE, WHY DO YOU HATE WINDOWS PHONE?!?!?!?!

1: What Service?
2: You do realize Microsoft is in direct mobile competition with Google right?

The idea is: Since Windows Phone is not very popular, don't put any effort into it and maybe it will stay that way. I'm sure they'd do the same for iPhone if wasn't so popular. And, if Windows Phone suddenly became popular for some reason, you could expect to see Google making more apps for it.

And the same effect goes the other way, too. Look at all the apps that Microsoft has made for Android. Do you think that Microsoft would have made a single app for Android if it wasn't for the fact that so many people use it?

Vonauda said,
Yet another service they will block on Windows Phone.

GOOGLE, WHY DO YOU HATE WINDOWS PHONE?!?!?!?!


Why would they bother? It's not Google's fault that you chose a crappy phone OS with a whopping 3% marketshare after 4 years.