Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:14
The Oculus Rift and other VR devices are expensive and not readily available so Google has done something about that. Google has introduced "Cardboard" which is a VR device that is made of, yup you guessed it, cardboard. I'm sure the other VR developers aren't too amused by this device, but it seems like Google is actually somewhat serious seeing as they've released a software toolkit so you can make your own cardboard apps. If you don't believe me head on over to Google's Developer site and check it out for yourself.
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 smartphone to drive VR experiences.
The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.
By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone.