Google’s Take on the Virtual Reality Headset

Google’s Take on the Virtual Reality Headset

Every year, Google unveils some of it’s latest technological innovations at the annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Five thousand attendees dish out a little less than 1k to be a part of this software-developer event; and for good reason too! The Motorola Droid, Google Chromebook and Galaxy Tab are only a few of the luxury gifts attendees get to strut away with. This year however, Google’s giveaway package was met with a mixture of excitement and confusion as participants received a high tech, skillfully designed, 21st century…

…piece of cardboard.

At first glance, this brown rectangle appears to be Google’s idea of a strange joke but combined with lenses, a rubber band, Velcro and a magnet this cardboard cut-out transforms into a makeshift 3-D virtual reality viewing headset worthy of comparison to Oculus Rift.

Cradling the user’s smart phone under a cardboard holder in front of binocular-like scopes, the cubic shape creates a form fitting headset and with Google Cardboard Android App, you can take that long awaited trip to Cancun or go sightseeing in London.

For those of you who would prefer to experience a world of your own creation through Cardboard, www.developers.google.com offers users a free virtual toolkit, allowing one to create an immerse world, game, or app to their liking.

 

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